28 Jan 2022

Covid: Scientists urge Johnson to help developing countries vaccinate

News Correspondent

More than 300 scientists have written to the prime minister calling for urgent action to get people in developing countries vaccinated.

They have said that allowing three billion people to go unvaccinated was “reckless” and increased the risk of dangerous new variants developing.

The experts, who include 13 members of the government’s advisory committee SAGE, urged Boris Johnson to put public health before the commercial interests of the pharmaceutical industry “to prevent another year of uncertainty and tragedy”.

The government said it was working to ensure poorer countries can access vaccines.