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The coronavirus vaccine race inspired Cartooning for Peace cartoonists this week. Italian designer Marco de Angelis shows a member of the healthcare staff trying to extract doses from a vial despite immense difficulties, like a needle with knots.
While the European Union (EU) had displayed great unity in negotiating doses of the anti-Covid-19 vaccines, the vaccination campaign has become an obstacle course around the world and European states are starting to act in dispersed order .
In January 2021, Pfizer announced its decision to decrease shipments of its vaccine developed with BioNTech to the EU on the grounds that it would be possible to extract a sixth dose from each vial. The European countries have shown their dissatisfaction, in particular because such a manipulation would be delicate and would require a lot of precision.
And in the face of the divide between developed and underdeveloped countries, the UN has called for a coordinated global effort to vaccinate against Covid-19 and bring together those with scientific expertise and production capacity, during a rare ministerial videoconference of the Security Council devoted to health on Wednesday 17 February. For its part, the EU has approved an agreement for the acquisition of 300 million additional doses of the Moderna vaccine.
During the first virtual meeting of the G7 for Joe Biden, it will be focused on the response to the pandemic and especially the sharing of vaccines against Covid-19. Emmanuel Macron proposed that rich countries transfer 3% to 5% of the doses they have in stock to Africa, which is sorely lacking.
Cartooning for Peace takes a look at this news this week. Marco De Angelis – Italian professional cartoonist and journalist – represents the difficulty in obtaining vaccines against Covid-19 with a syringe with knots, making its use very difficult.
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