With many climate activists unable to access vaccines, should Cop26 go ahead? | Mohamed Adow

With many climate activists unable to access vaccines, should Cop26 go ahead? | Mohamed Adow

Because of hoarding by rich countries, those in the global south on the frontline of the crisis will be excluded from the talks

  • Mohamed Adow is the director of the climate and energy thinktank Power Shift Africa

As a Kenyan from a farming community that has experienced the ravages of the climate crisis, no one is keener to see a successful climate summit held in Glasgow than me. But this year, due to restrictions placed by the pandemic on those attending from the global south, I fear Cop26 will not be a success. It is because of this that it must be postponed until next spring.

The UK government is aware of the issues facing those wishing to attend the conference in person, which is why it has offered vaccines to delegates unable to receive them in their home countries and to pay for their hotel quarantine. However, obstacles still remain. The vaccine rollout has been slow, and for those receiving the AstraZeneca jab, the deadline for receiving both doses within eight to 12 weeks of the conference starting has passed.

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