State Funding Affects Vaccine Availability

Suara.com – The unequal access to the Covid-19 vaccine is a problem that needs to be addressed so that the pandemic ends soon. Then, what makes a country can have many vaccines, while other countries do not?

Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic situation, funding in a country greatly affects how to access and provide supply chains for drugs or vaccines, according to the Chair of the T20 Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) Program, Prof. Hasbullah Thabrany.

Hasbullah in the T20 event The Indonesian Healthcare Future Forward which was monitored in Jakarta, Tuesday, explained that in developed countries, 70 percent of the population had received the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, in developing countries, vaccine reception is still around 55 percent of the population. The problem is, only 8 percent of the population in low-income countries have received the vaccine, according to a World Bank report.

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“If we look at high travel across continents, across countries, with low vaccination coverage, it is possible that the trend of this disease will increase and we cannot control it. So this is not only their responsibility,” he said.

So, according to Hasbullah, there needs to be further discussion on the establishment of global funding, because it will protect people in developing countries, as well as developed countries.

Hasbullah said that by 2021, the World Bank had rolled out aid of around US$157 billion for COVID-19 relief.

But according to him, the provision of funds is not enough, but how to mobilize strength, build good resources.

“Not only money, but also human resources, technology, digital information to ensure underserved countries can also recover from this pandemic,” he said.

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In addition to responding to the impact of climate change on health, Hasbullah said the development of green pharmacy or phytopharmaceuticals, as well as herbal remedies such as ayurveda, will benefit people all over the world, in order to create a greener environment.