- Cyril Ramaphosa says it is greedy of nations who have more than enough to be stingy with vaccines
- According to him, its disappointing that some countries are still being stingy and unwilling to give out their vaccines to other countries
- Going further, he accused other governments of blaming South Africa for the outbreak of the latest Covid-19 strain, Omicron
Rich nations have been asked to be their brothers keeper. The call was made by South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
He said it is greedy of nations who have more than enough to be stingy with vaccines. He said this at the ongoing peace and security conference in Dakar Senegal, The Nation Newspaper reports.
Though the African leader didn’t specify any particular country, he said its disappointing that some countries are still being stingy and unwilling to give out their vaccines to other countries who don’t have much.
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“These countries have more vaccines than their population and hold the vaccines, and when his country wanted vaccines, they refused and gave them the crumbs from their table.
“What has really disadvantaged us is our inability to produce local vaccines which will be needed for the continent.
“Now they have said Omicron started from South Africa so our people can’t travel around the world, but today the same omicron is all over their country.”
COVID-19 vaccine: Buhari issues stern warning to world leaders
In another report, world leaders and global health institutions have been cautioned against sidelining less privileged countries in terms of access to COVID-19 vaccines.
President Muhammadu Buhari issued the warning on Thursday, November 11, while delivering a keynote speech at the Paris Peace Forum (PPF).
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In a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, and shared on Facebook, the president said the needless hoarding of vaccines will undermine the entire effort for safety.
According to him, export restrictions that encouraged hoarding of vaccines needed to be lifted. While welcoming the pledges by industrialised countries to share vaccines, Buhari appealed that such guarantees should be fulfilled in a timely manner.
COVID-19 Vaccine: Don’t force workers to get vaccinated, persuade them, NLC sends message to FG
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) called on the federal government to stop the use of force in the enforcement of workers' vaccination.
The president of NLC, in a statement released on its official Facebook page and sent to Legit.ng on Monday, October 25, Ayuba Wabba made this call while also appealing to civil servants to get vaccinated.
Wabba who emphasized on the need for workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, insists the FG should employ the use of persuasion and conviction rather than force.