While Bhutan and the Maldives have performed moderately better in the vaccination drive against COVID-19, South Asia is falling short in vaccinating its people. WTO TRIPS waiver and sharing of technical know-how are still urgent to address this humanitarian crisis.
Since September last year, the TRIPS waiver discussions are going on at the WTO. Millions have died. Millions did not get the treatment they had a right to. How much longer does the world have to wait?
Only 1.98 per cent of the population in Afghanistan have received at least one dose of the vaccine and less than 1 per cent are fully vaccinated. Therefore, we have to strengthen and continue our fight against this cruel vaccine inequality and vaccine apartheid in the countries, in the region and the world.