According to Our World in Data, a non-profit online scientific publication headquartered at the University of Oxford, at least 2.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided worldwide, with 40 million shots given every day. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed a global pandemic last year, world leaders and health professionals have urged for equal and fair access to diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines. However, for many countries, this has not been the case.
Low-income countries are being left behind
The majority of worldwide doses are still delivered in affluent countries. North America accounts for around 5% of the world’s population but accounts for 16% of individuals who had at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose. Despite accounting for only about 10% of the world’s population, Europeans account for 17% of all vaccination recipients. Despite accounting for 17 percent (1.3 billion) of the world’s population, Africa has received only 1.7 percent of vaccines (45 million).
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Vaccination Rates – Global
A COVID-19 vaccination has been administered to approximately 1.7 billion people or 22 percent of the world’s population. A total of 783 million people, or 10% of the world’s population, are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Two out of every five persons (41 percent) in North America, the continent with the highest immunization rate, had received at least one shot. There, one-third of the population is fully immunized. In Africa, the continent with the lowest vaccination rates, one in every 40 individuals (2.5 percent) has received at least one vaccination, with only one in every 100 persons fully immunized.
Shortage of Vaccines
The COVAX initiative, which aims to give global access to COVID-19 vaccines, has delivered 90 million doses to 131 countries, according to the WHO’s senior adviser Dr. Bruce Aylward. However, he stated that this was nothing near enough to protect communities from a virus that was still spreading over the planet.
Aylward went on to say that “for over half of countries have run out of supply and are requesting new vaccines.” The majority of African countries obtained their vaccines through the COVAX initiative, which was mostly funded by the Serum Institute of India.
Vaccine experts, however, were halted following a severe second wave in India. Manufacturers have since encountered difficulties in ramping up production in a short period of time.
(News input: AlJazeera)