People arrive to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, provided through the Covax initiative, at the Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay, on March 26. Photo: Bloomberg People arrive to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, provided through the Covax initiative, at the Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay, on March 26. Photo: Bloomberg
People arrive to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, provided through the Covax initiative, at the Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay, on March 26. Photo: Bloomberg
Hannah Wanjie Ryder
Opinion

Opinion

Hannah Wanjie Ryder

Why much of the world is facing a Covid-19 vaccine famine

  • The Covax Facility and richer countries unfortunately conflate fundraising with distribution, and the countries that provide the funds are not subject to the same distributive system
  • There must be a stronger focus on ensuring vaccines are manufactured in countries beyond rich nations, so each can practise vaccine nationalism

People arrive to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, provided through the Covax initiative, at the Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay, on March 26. Photo: Bloomberg People arrive to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, provided through the Covax initiative, at the Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay, on March 26. Photo: Bloomberg
People arrive to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, provided through the Covax initiative, at the Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay, on March 26. Photo: Bloomberg
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Hannah Wanjie Ryder

Hannah Wanjie Ryder

Hannah Wanjie Ryder is CEO of Development Reimagined, an African-owned international development consultancy with headquarters in China, and offices in Kenya and the UK. She was formerly head of policy and partnerships for UNDP in China.