Europe: Systemic inequalities and an unacceptably slow vaccine rollout

With the coronavirus pandemic revealing systemic inequalities and racial discrimination, people worldwide are seizing the moment to push for change in their own countries. Of course, most white people in America are not liberals, and that is why campaigns against racism so often take the form of an intra-white conflict. Civil rights activists and advocates have called for existing systems to be created and maintained in the interests of racial equality and racial justice.

In the realm of racial inequality, discomfort arises when a society comes to terms with the fact that the evidence of racial disparities in the cultivation of racial progress has been highly underrepresented. In essence, we claim that Americans engage in motivated cognition to serve the prevailing narrative of “racial progress.”

With unarmed black men and women murdered, a driving force behind the recent protests seems to believe that black and Latino Americans suffer disproportionately from Covid 19. As we have seen, this belief manifests itself in protests against police brutality.

As many people have observed, the modern struggle against racism is driven by a kind of sacred zeal. The history of protest and revolt in the United States is inextricably linked to the racial violence described above.

A worldwide issue

Although this is one of the most well-known forms of racism in the United States, the problem goes much deeper. There are many other places where racism can explode on the streets, as we have seen on many occasions in the United States. Examples of police violence and discrimination are just the tip of the iceberg. They can be traced back to a long history of racial violence against black and Latino Americans in America. In contrast, there have been many other incidents of racial discrimination in other parts of the world.

Merkel, Macron and Putin in talks on using Sputnik V jab in Europe, says  Kremlin | Russia | The GuardianEuropean governments face several challenges in the immediate future, two of which are very important: the enforcement of environmental protection, which is increasingly affected by the fight against terrorism, and the management of integration, widely discussed in most countries. European governments agree that systemic racism and inequality cannot be solved overnight. Still, we have so much work ahead of us. Building strategies to make racial disparities disappear could be one of our biggest obstacles to solve.

When we discuss global inequality, one primary concern is how to avoid ethnocentric prejudices. It implies that less-developed nations want to be the only ones in the world that have access to the same resources as those that have acquired post-industrial global power. Global inequality means the concentration of resources in certain countries significantly affects people’s quality of life in other parts of the world, such as Africa and Asia. The first, called the sedimentation of global inequalities, refers to the fact that once poverty has solidified in an area, it is typically complicated to reverse.

There has been a lot of discussion about systemic racism between different ethnic groups.

A racist pandemic

Undoubtedly, the systemic injustices exposed and exacerbated by the coronavirus have amplified global protests for racial justice. As the demonstrations spread worldwide, many began to focus on solidarity with black Americans to racial injustice in their own countries.

The British took to the streets in protest, many vociferously scornful, targeting Britain, which they said does not have the problem of racism that America had. Some claimed racism was uniquely evil in the US. Others took aim at it, claiming the US president was not innocent.

Thousands took to the streets to express their anger at the United States.

 

Many black Americans cite implicit prejudice as an essential factor in preventing racial equality in their own lives. Johnson-Harris says not enough progress has been made in the fight against systemic racism. In India, the Dalits range from the untouchable, a marginalized community once called the “untouchables.” Their solidarity with Black Lives Matter refers to the violence, segregation and oppression they have faced over the years. This covers their access to education, health care, employment, housing, education and other fundamental rights.

We face the same problems that shocked millions last week and brought thousands onto the streets. Yet, we seem incapable of addressing the issues facing millions of our fellow citizens. It is time to recognize that environmental injustice, including cases of environmental racism, results from policy decisions that permeate environmental decisions – and threaten to further entrench systemic inequality.

Slow actions

In a scathing assessment of the region’s Covid response to the worrying rise in infections, the World Health Organisation said the rollout of vaccines in Europe was “unacceptably slow”. This could prolong an “epidemic” in a region where a worrying number of deaths have occurred in recent weeks, having given a “damaging assessment” of its response due to a “worrying increase” in infections.

The EU's coronavirus vaccine blame game. Why so slow? – POLITICODr Kluge said that in Europe, just 10% of people had received at least one dose of the vaccine, with France having vaccinated 138 people by 30 December. Many others are prolonged, only 4% are fully vaccinated, and many others only two or three doses. Of those who received a dose of the vaccine, only two per cent received it, two of whom reportedly said they had not yet been vaccinated.

More worryingly, there is no sign of an acceleration in the EU’s vaccination rates, unlike in the UK and the US, where the daily vaccination rate has risen significantly in recent weeks. This means that the EU’s vaccine rollout programmes are not progressing at the same pace as in other parts of the world, such as the United States.

Accelerating vaccination rates is crucial, as new cases increase in the European region in all age groups except one.

An ongoing battle

France, which had nearly 60,000 cases by Wednesday and announced a new closure on Saturday, is most affected by the new wave. However, it is slightly better off, with nearly 15% of its population receiving at least one dose. Despite rising infections, several countries face high vaccination rates, and the EU has blamed supply problems for its slow adoption. The European region has the lowest confidence in vaccine safety. With France having the most insufficient confidence in the world, the CDC report said. France – which announced new lockouts on Wednesday but is also struggling with high vaccination rates and rising infection rates in several countries – is also the worst hit. According to a recent report in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal, the EU blames the slow rollout supply problem.

It seems inevitable that many EU countries would not negotiate with pharmaceutical companies for faster delivery of vaccines. This is due to the need for the EU to coordinate different member states’ interests and the lack of coordination between countries.