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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

U.S. Pledge of One Billion Vaccines Falls Short

Sep 27, 2021

President Biden says the U.S. is pledging more than a billion doses of coronavirus vaccine for the poorer countries of the world. He even says, “We need to go big.”

The world has 8 billion people more or less, and to defeat the coronavirus, perhaps 6 billion people would need two doses of most vaccines, that is, 12 billion doses.

So if a billion or even two billion people are getting vaccinated, that leaves 6 billion people who could still die from coronavirus.

This proposal is not “big.” It is good for Pfizer, not for the world’s poorer people.