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WHO's Tedros calls for Global Vaccine, not Vaccine Nationalism, digest from Peter Myers

(1) WHO's Tedros calls for Global Co-ordination, not Vaccine Nationalism(2) Invisible Ink "Tattoos" Could Be Used To Id Vaccinated Kids(3) ID2020 Quantum Dot Tattoo(1) WHO's Tedros calls for Global Co-ordination, not Vaccine Nationalism.China and Russia are producing their own vaccines, rather than submitting to WHO & Gates - Peter M.Tedros x vaccine nationalism; 20 countries have yet to join COVAX, the global covid-19 vaccine alliance, incl America, China and Russia to covid-19 Tedros Adhanom on why vaccine nationalism harms efforts to halt the pandemicGoing it alone will perpetuate the economic and health crisis—for allBy Invitation Sep 8th 2020 This guest commentary for The Economist is part of a series on responses to the pandemic. Around 20 countries have yet to join COVAX, the global covid-19 vaccine alliance, including America, China and Russia. Read more about the economics of covid-19 vaccines here. For the rest of our coverage, visit our coronavirus hub.* * *THE WORLD is suffering but rays of light are visible. Several covid-19 vaccines are in the final stages of their trials. Factories are already producing doses, in the hope that they will receive approval. There is a chance that by the end of the year, mass vaccinations could start for high-risk people. Although we absolutely must not let down our guard, it is possible to imagine the beginning of the end of the health and economic crises caused by the coronavirus.Yet to stop the pandemic quickly and efficiently the world needs to resist "vaccine nationalism"—the desire of countries to go it alone. That approach will not end the crisis but perpetuate it. It invites the same problems that were seen at the outset of lockdowns in March, when different authorities scrambled for personal protective equipment like face-masks, gowns and sanitiser. Once new vaccines, drugs and tests become available, demand will vastly outstrip supply and things will get much worse.A covid-19 vaccine will be a precious resource. Unless we have an international plan to manage it fairly, there will be unnecessary price spikes, with unneeded hoarding in some places and life-threatening shortages in others. That suits no one's interests. Although governments have a responsibility to protect their own populations, in an interconnected world, the reality is that no country is safe until every country is safe. It means little if one place quells a disease if it rages nearby or is a plane ride away. Vaccine nationalism would condemn many countries to prolonged suffering, which means a slower economic recovery worldwide.Instead, global co-ordination is essential. This will ensure that the vaccines are distributed on the basis of those who need it most. It also spreads a country's risk, ensuring it has access to numerous vaccine candidates in case its preferred one doesn't work. A co-operative approach is both morally right and the smart way forward. It's more efficient, with fewer lives lost and a faster return to normal life.The past few months have shown that the quickest way to control the pandemic and reopen economies is to start by protecting the highest-risk people, rather than the entire populations of just some countries: it stabilises health systems, ensures that essential services restart and allows for a reopening of society. Rolling out vaccines equitably to all nations, so that they can protect their at-risk populations at the same time, is the fastest way to save lives and livelihoods.Global co-ordination spreads a country's risk, ensuring it has access to numerous vaccine candidates.In fact, rich countries stand to benefit considerably from a global recovery. And no one nation has access to all the research and development, manufacturing and the full supply chain of essential materials and medicines. Hence, using finite supplies strategically and globally is in every country's national interest, not an act of altruism.The good news is that 170 countries have resisted the false allure of vaccine nationalism and come together under the COVAX Global Vaccines Facility. It aims to co-ordinate access to a wide portfolio of covid-19 vaccines being developed and tested, co-led by two non-profit groups, GAVI and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, along with the World Health Organisation. There are nine vaccines so far in the portfolio; including two in the final stage of trials and being manufactured. These, and other candidates that are on track to be added, give the world the best chance of finding multiple, effective vaccines.The COVAX alliance is a groundbreaking way to pool development and procurement risks across multiple vaccines. It jointly finances research and will purchase billions of vaccines from many companies, providing a significant share of the money up front so firms can invest right away in production. This enables countries to place collective bets on all vaccines in the portfolio and scale up the manufacturing capacity so that no matter which ones are found to work, all countries in the consortium have access to them at the same time.In the first phase of the roll-out, doses will be allocated according to population size to all participating countries at the same time, so as to protect those at greatest risk of infection and of severe disease. These include frontline health and care workers, the elderly and those people at high risk of death because of underlying conditions like heart disease and diabetes.This is in the interests of all countries, even those that invested in pharmaceutical companies to secure access or those that pre-purchased doses. This is because COVAX provides additional insurance thanks to its broad portfolio and high likelihood of having a successful product. It also means that all countries can plan the timing and scale of vaccine distribution for an optimal global recovery. Having more than 170 countries in the programme guarantees large-scale supply and the best possible collective price—perhaps as little as a tenth of what go-it-alone countries must pay.In the second phase of the roll-out several months later, as more doses are produced, the vaccine will go to groups less at risk of being infected or of suffering badly. The programme aims to provide at least 2bn doses by the end of 2021. Although that is not enough for everyone, it may be enough to end the acute stage of the crisis and put the world on the road to recovery.Importantly, COVAX also co-ordinates the distribution. It has an allocation plan to see that every country gets the initial limited supply and works with manufacturers and transport firms to manage delivery. It has earmarked funds to support the logistics, which will end up requiring billions of needles and syringes, hundreds of millions of glass vials and potentially specialised "cold chain" transport. For example, the programme has access to 43,000 vaccine refrigerators that have been installed in 50 low-income countries since 2016 by GAVI.The majority of the world has already got behind COVAX, though some countries are still deliberating whether to join and a few are contemplating going it alone. This is a critical issue, because the more countries that are involved, the more likely it is that vaccines will be rationally distributed and the more efficient the work to stamp out the pandemic. Symbolism is important, too. For example, America's commitment to HIV/AIDS reduction in Africa over two decades did more than bring treatment: it brought hope, something the world needs now more than ever.The whole world is watching, in the hope that undecided countries join COVAX by the September 18th deadline. Yet the initiative can still be effective even if some choose to go their own way. COVAX extends an open hand, and stands ready to find a way to welcome them into the initiative when the time is right for them. But joining now, with the rest of the world, allows each country to have access to the full portfolio and receive vaccines as soon as they are ready, at the best price. Hence it's vital that countries step up, so COVAX can get down to work.The initiative can still be effective even if some countries choose to go their own way. COVAX extends an open hand to welcome them when the time is right"At a time when countries have committed to spending an estimated $10trn to ease the economic disaster, a relatively small investment of $40bn in COVAX, and a broader initiative called ACT-Accelerator, for research on mass testing, drug therapies and distribution, would send a powerful message that a common threat to humanity will be tackled in a spirit of global solidarity.For now, the world needs to remain vigilant. Though it is possible to see an end to the crisis, it will still take a long time and hard work to reach the finish line. It is critical that individuals and countries do not let down their guard. We are still in the midst of the danger and leaders need to lead.Ending the pandemic and restarting our economies is in our collective hands. Over the coming days, the decision that countries make about whether to share or keep an oversupply of vaccines will not only determine how fast the world comes out of the crisis, it could also be a defining moment of this new decade and set a new norm for international co-operation. __Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the Director-General of the World Health Organisation.(2) Invisible Ink "Tattoos" Could Be Used To Id Vaccinated Kids Invisible Quantum Dot 'Tattoo' Could Be Used to ID Vaccinated Kids  VICTOR TANGERMANN, FUTURISM21 DECEMBER 2019This article was originally published by Futurism. Read the original article. Ink "Tattoos" Could Be Used To Id Vaccinated KidsThey're Only Visible Using A Special Smartphone Camera App And Filter.BY VICTOR TANGERMANNDECEMBER 19 2019For the people overseeing nationwide vaccination initiatives in developing countries, keeping track of who had which vaccination and when can be a tough task.But researchers from MIT might have a solution: they’ve created an ink that can be safely embedded in the skin alongside the vaccine itself, and it’s only visible using a special smartphone camera app and filter.In other words, they’ve found a covert way to embed the record of a vaccination directly in a patient’s skin rather than documenting it electronically or on paper — and their low-risk tracking system could greatly simplify the process of maintaining accurate vaccine records, especially on a larger scale."In areas where paper vaccination cards are often lost or do not exist at all, and electronic databases are unheard of, this technology could enable the rapid and anonymous detection of patient vaccination history to ensure that every child is vaccinated," researcher Kevin McHugh said in a statement.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded the team’s research, which was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday. According to a Scientific American story, the project came about following a direct request from Microsoft founder Bill Gates himself, who has been personally involved in efforts to eradicate polio and measles through vaccinations.The invisible "Tattoo" accompanying the vaccine is a pattern made up of minuscule Quantum Dots — tiny semiconducting crystals that reflect light — that glows under infrared light. The pattern — and vaccine — gets delivered into the skin using hi-tech dissolvable microneedles made of a mixture of polymers and sugar.So far, the system is mostly a proof of concept. But the researchers have already tried it out on rats and found that the patterns were still detectable nine months after injection. In human cadaver skin models, the patterns outlasted five years of simulated Sun exposure."It’s possible someday that this ‘invisible’ approach could create new possibilities for data storage, biosensing, and vaccine applications that could improve how medical care is provided, particularly in the developing world," MIT professor and senior author Robert Langer said in the statement.(3) ID2020 Quantum Dot Tattoo Mercola: Bill Gates Horrifying ID2020 Quantum Dot Tattoo – A Rockefeller Tracking PlanBy Dr. Joseph MercolaLast updated May 21, 2020Bill Gates — who invests in the same industries he gives charitable donations to, and who promotes a global public health agenda that benefits the companies he’s invested in — has gone on record saying life will not go back to normal until we have the ability to vaccinate the entire global population against COVID-19.1To that end, he is pushing for disease surveillance and a vaccine tracking system2 that might involve embedding vaccination records on our bodies. One example of how this might be done is using an invisible ink Quantum Dot Tattoo, described in a December 18, 2019, Science Translational Medicine paper.3,4According to statements made by Gates, societal and financial normalcy may never return to those who refuse vaccination, as the digital vaccination certificate Gates is pushing for might ultimately be required to go about your day-to-day life and business. Without this "digital immunity proof," you may not even be allowed to travel locally or visit certain public buildings. [...]ID2020While The Rockefeller Foundation’s white paper simply calls for the use of a digital "patient identification number" without indicating exactly how you would carry this ID number on your person, Gates has repeatedly talked about the "need" for some sort of implantable vaccine certificate.In 1999, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donated $750 million to set up Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance.12 Gavi, in turn, has partnered with the ID2020 Alliance, along with the Bangladeshi government, to launch a digital identity program called ID2020.13The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation also funded the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab, launched in 2019, the aim of which is to promote access to digital and biometric identity services and systems.14,15ID2020, which also launched in 2019, is designed to "leverage immunization as an opportunity to establish digital identity." This digital identity system is said to carry "far-reaching implications for individuals’ access to services and livelihoods," so to think that Gates’ call for implantable COVID-19 vaccine certificates would be limited to that alone would again be a grave mistake.Like The Rockefeller Foundation, Gates is not presenting short-term, temporary measures. They’re both aiming to implement a Worldwide control system. It’s not so far-fetched to imagine a future in which your vaccine certificate or "unique patient ID number" replaces personal identifications such as your driver’s license, state ID card, Social Security card and passport, and is tied not only to your medical records in total, but also your finances.I remain confident that it would be a tragic mistake to trust Gates, Rockefeller, Google or any of the other players that are being brought before us as the saviors of the day. While most people are well-acquainted with the Rockefeller name, few probably know the true history of the Rockefellers’ rise to power. If you fall in this category, be sure to read "How the Oil Industry Conquered Medicine, Finance and Agriculture," which features an excellent video report by James Corbett.Those who are ignorant of history are bound to repeat it, and if the Rockefeller story tells us anything, it is that unless we realize what has been done, we’ll be deceived again and again, because the oil oligarchy’s end game is yet to be realized — if we let them.* Notes1 GatesNotes April 30, 20202 Forbes March 18, 20203 Science Translational Medicine December 18, 2019; 11(523): eaay71624 Scientific American December 18, 20195 Business Insider April 20186, 7, 8, 9, 11 The Rockefeller Foundation, National COVID-19 Testing Action Plan — Strategic Steps to Reopen Our Workplaces and Our Communities, April 21, 2020 (PDF)10 Berggruen Institute March 6, 202012, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation13 Biometric Update September 20, 201914 October 11, 201915 Old Thinker News April 12, 2020The original source of this article is Dr. Joseph Mercola Copyright © Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Joseph Mercola, 2020