Covid-19 vaccine shortages hit poor countries

Vaccine shortages hit poor countries
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Daily US Times: As many as 60 countries around the world, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their Covid-19 vaccinations because nearly all deliveries of coronavirus vaccines through the global program intended to help them are blocked until as late as June. The poorer countries is going to suffer from vaccine shortages.

COVAX, the global initiative to provide Covid-19 vaccines to poor countries lacking the clout to negotiate for scarce vaccine supplies on their own, has in the past week shipped more than 25,000 doses to low-income countries only twice on any given day. Deliveries of the vaccine have all but halted since Monday.

According to data compiled daily by UNICEF, during the past two weeks, fewer than 2 million COVAX doses in total were cleared for shipment to 92 countries in the developing world — the same amount of doses injected in Britain alone.

The head of the World Health Organization slammed the “shocking imbalance” in global coronavirus vaccination on Friday. General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, the WHO chief, said that while one in four people in rich countries had received a Covid-19vaccine, only one in 500 people in poorer countries had gotten a shot.

The vaccine shortages stem mostly from Indian government’s decision to stop exporting vaccines from its Serum Institute factory, which produces the whopping majority of the AstraZeneca doses that COVAX counted on to supply around a third of the global population at a time the virus infections is spiking worldwide.

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