Covid-19 must be tackled globally as no ‘individual’ nation will be able to come through pandemic, says BMA

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA.

Location: UK
Last reviewed: 28 January 2022

Responding to the Global Justice Now letter written to the Prime Minister calling for the government to allow global populations to have access to Covid-19 vaccines Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA chair of council, said:

“Unless Covid-19 is tackled globally, no individual nation will be able to come through this pandemic. We must do everything possible to ensure that all people are protected by effective vaccination. That is why the BMA has written twice to the Prime Minister in recent months to demand the Government addresses the current inequity in access to Covid-19 vaccines globally. It is unacceptable that in low-income countries fewer than 10% of people have been vaccinated, despite surplus vaccines in the richest countries continuing to accumulate. This risks the emergence of new variants which could have devastating consequences on all nations around the world, not just those with low levels of vaccination. By removing the shackles of vaccine patents we can encourage greater production of vaccines, vaccinate more people and reduce suffering. Finally providing hope that the pandemic can be controlled.”

Notes to editors

The BMA is a professional association and trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.