The President of Azerbaijan criticized the Western countries for the unfair share of the Covid 19 vaccine.
According to News i, quoting the Anatolian news agency, “Ilham Aliyev” told Azerbaijani state television that the crisis between some countries over Covid vaccines is worrying.
Referring to the crisis between Britain and Europe, Aliyev said the European Union had accused Britain of distributing the vaccines it had produced unfairly.
He noted that 13% of British citizens and 2% of EU citizens have been vaccinated. Under these conditions, 75% of the population in the UK is vaccinated by July, and in the EU by October.
“If developed countries can not distribute these vaccines fairly and accuse each other, what should other countries think?” Who helps poor countries and people in developing countries? Nobody thinks about it.
He said: “Azerbaijan, as the head of the Non-Aligned Movement until 2022, will continue to criticize this issue.” Aliyev also added that the fight for vaccination may increase and lead to sad results.
“The fight against vaccines, especially among rich countries, is having a negative effect on vaccine manufacturers,” he said. Emphasizing that these conditions have increased distrust among countries, Aliyev said many countries are depriving their citizens of the vaccines.
Aliyev said they were witnessing “an official period of neo-colonialism or undeclared colonialism”, describing the situation as “selfish and reckless”.
On January 19, Azerbaijan launched the first phase of its vaccination campaign against coronavirus with health workers.
The country plans to gradually receive 4 million doses of corona vaccine and aims to vaccinate 40% of its population by receiving more doses of the vaccine in the future.
According to US-based Johns Hopkins University, the Covid 19 epidemic has killed more than 2 million people in 192 countries and territories since its inception in December 2019. More than 103 million cases have been reported and more than 57 million have been reported worldwide.