“I’m vaccinated but my grandmother in Nigeria isn’t. How is that fair?”Updated: July 5th, 2021
Chine McDonald has received her first vaccine, and will soon be joining more than 60% of the UK population in getting her second. She’s been part of what has been reported to be the biggest vaccine rollout her nation has ever seen.
Despite feeling proud and extremely fortunate to have been able to get a vaccine, she can’t help but think about the injustice of the fact that as a 37-year-old Brit, she received a vaccine before her 86-year-old grandmother, who lives in Nigeria.
In her article for Global Citizen, Chine writes:
“Thinking back to a few months ago, I recall watching news programmes on television in which we saw older British people my grandma’s age receiving their COVID-19 vaccines. After what had been such a terrifying time for all of us, but one in which the oldest and most vulnerable were particularly at risk, it was wonderful to see them being protected before any of the rest of us.
Coronavirus is a global problem that needs a global solution. We are not free of the threat of it, until all grandmothers all over the world are protected.
But yet the sad — or unjust — reality is that it is those countries in the predominantly white global North have bought up vaccines for their own nations. While so much of the UK population has now been vaccinated — just 1% of the population of some of the poorest nations in Africa have received the vaccines. My grandmother is among the 99% of the population in those countries who are still waiting for their turn. While countries in the global North have bought up more vaccines than they need, countries in Africa are running out of the limited supplies they have been given.
As global citizens, we must urge our leaders to work together and think not just about their own nations, but about those from poor and marginalised communities. If ever there was a lesson in global equality, an opportunity for us to show kindness and solidarity to the rest of humanity, then this is the moment. It is a moral issue.
At Christian Aid, we are part of the People’s Vaccine Alliance, and in April 2021 worked with others to bring together more than 150 faith leaders who united to call on states and pharmaceutical companies to manufacture and distribute enough vaccines so that the everyone in the world — including my grandmother — can be protected from the virus that threatens us all.”
You can read Chine’s full article here.