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Saudi Arabia “Negotiates” to Provide Corona Vaccines to Yemen, African Countries

Saudi Arabia is negotiating to provide Corona vaccines to Yemen and African countries. Saudi Finance Minister Muhammad Al-Jadaan said that the Kingdom is in negotiations with vaccine producers, in order to provide them to low-income countries such as Yemen and countries in Africa.

Al-Jadaan added in an online meeting within the framework of the World Economic Forum in Davos, that Yemen, for example, and some African countries, “will not be able to obtain enough vaccines through the Kovacs program,” according to Reuters.

In the very same meeting, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, appealed to the richer countries to stop “collecting and storing more Corona vaccines than they requested but do not immediately need,” saying that countries of the world should “work together” to combat the pandemic.

He added, “Richer countries of the world have bought large quantities of vaccines. Some countries even buy 4 times what their people do not need which leads to the exclusion of other countries.”

Ramaphosa, who is currently president of the African Union, stressed that African countries “want to have the ability to access vaccines at the same speed as other countries.”

The CEO of “Refinitiv”, David Craig, who participated in the same meeting, said the world is preparing for the post “Covid-19,” highlighting that the pandemic “showed the fragility of the world.”

“We are more fragile than we imagined, and we may feel more satisfied with ourselves than we should, and certainly we are more connected to each other than ever before,” Craig continued.

Craig referred to the Corona pandemic and the Carrington accident, the largest solar storm on record in 1859, as one of the things companies should prepare for.

He added that the world should be careful about rules that could stop the sharing of vital data in times of crisis.

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