Climate activist, Greta Thunberg has received a Covid jab having campaigned for vaccines destined for younger people in the rich world to be diverted to the old and vulnerable in developing countries.
Today I got my first COVID-19 vaccination dose. I am extremely grateful and privileged to be able to live in a part of the world where I can already get vaccinated. The vaccine distribution around the world is extremely unequal. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/C7vVEpEiGt
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) July 27, 2021
The Swedish teenager who shot to fame for bunking off school in protest against climate change tweeted the news, lacing her posts with gratitude for receiving the lifesaving jab.
“Today I got my first COVID-19 vaccination dose,” posted Thunberg on social media on Tuesday. “I am extremely grateful and privileged to be able to live in a part of the world where I can already get vaccinated. The vaccine distribution around the world is extremely unequal.”
She then went on a familiar rant at global inequality which has been mirrored by the distribution of vaccines, also a reflection of where the most effective Covid vaccines have been developed and financed – the AstraZeneca jab was developed in Oxford and benefitted from almost £50m in UK public funding.
Quoting bastion of the liberal-left, the New York Times, she tweeted: “84 percent of shots that have gone into arms worldwide have been administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries. Only 0.3 percent of doses have been administered in low-income countries.
“No one is safe until everyone is safe. But when you get offered a vaccine, don’t hesitate. It saves lives. #VaccineEquity #VaccineForAll,” added the climate skiver in here own words.
In April, Thunberg scored a cheap political point by telling followers she would not be going to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, linking her decision to global vaccine inequality. In 2019 she sailed aboard a fancy zero-carbon yacht to the United States – the carbon points were wiped out by the skipper who had to fly out to America to sail it back – but feels she cannot make the 850 mile trip to Scotland from Stockholm.
Of course I would love to attend the Glasgow #COP26
But not unless everyone can take part on the same terms. Right now many countries are vaccinating healthy young people, often at the expense of risk groups and front line workers (mainly from global south, as usual…).
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) April 9, 2021
Later that month Thunberg told a WHO conference: “It is completely unethical that high-income countries are now vaccinating young and healthy people if that happens at the expense of people in risk groups and on the front lines in low- and middle-income countries.”
A reminder, Thunberg is only 18 – the minimum age to get a Covid jab in England and Wales – and comes from Sweden, the world’s 18th wealthiest country by purchasing power according to the IMF. The UK is 27th.
Author: Fox Hole Staff
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