One billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, but mostly in wealthy countries

By | April 24, 2021

Forbes reports:

The Associated Press reported last week that 87% of doses had been administered in rich countries, with 1 in 4 people in wealthy nations having received a jab, versus 1 in more than 500 in impoverished countries. According to the New York Times‘ vaccination tracker, only 0.2% of doses have been dispensed in low-income countries. Up to 60 of those nations might not receive any additional supply of the vaccine until June. Conversely, the supply of available shots in the U.S. has begun to outpace demand. Several states, including Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, have recently turned down offers of additional vaccine shipments from the federal government. Some mass vaccination sites in the U.S. have been largely ignored, and others are being shut down due to decreased demand. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared his organization will prioritize increasing global access, stating earlier this year that hoarding of the vaccine by the rich would not only be a “catastrophic moral failure” but that it would keep “the pandemic burning” and would result in a “very slow” global economic recovery. [Continue reading…]

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