Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said an emergency airlift of unused Covid Jab to low-income countries in the North and Global South could save 100,000 lives.
He is calling on the UK, US, EU and Canada to send 240 million rounds of unused stocks to low-income countries this month.
Airlift in October will be the first step in a plan that Mr Brown has created to move 1.1 billion unused vaccines to the Global North and Global South over the next few months.
He says the move can prevent many of the projected 1 million Covid deaths next year.
Mr Brown, who was appointed ambassador to the World Health Organization (WHO) last month, warned that 100 million stockpiled vaccines, if not used, could be wasted after the expiration date.
The military must mobilize aircraft and ground support for the “unparalleled distribution” of jabs to 92 low-income countries where only 5% of the population is vaccinated, he said.
Mr Brown is pressing leaders to hold an emergency summit as soon as possible to agree to airlift.
“Vaccines are promised, but they cannot be delivered to people’s arms quickly or on a sufficient scale. Vaccines are stockpiled in the west to prevent avoidable loss of life. A schedule is urgently needed, “Brown said.
“This month, following an emergency airlift of 240 million vaccines from north to south, another 760 million vaccines should be transferred by February.
“If you don’t use the stockpiled vaccine, many, perhaps 100 million, will be wasted if they expire after their expiration date.
“This initiative, the largest peacetime public policy decision to prevent avoidable deaths, can save 100,000 lives and prevent many of the expected 1 million Covid deaths in the coming months. . “
Write for Me Brown called on leaders to increase the pace of vaccine donations last month, saying that 70 percent of developing countries should aim to be vaccinated by May.
He accused developed countries of “moral anger” after his report, based on data from the research institute Airfinity.
The UK government has promised to send at least 100 million vaccines to poorer countries by next summer, but so far only millions have been delivered.
Additional reporting by the Press Association.