Low-income countries receiving very small share of COVID-19 vaccine

The WHO has said that there is discrepancy in the receiving of COVID-19 vaccine and low-income countries have received just 0.2 per cent of the vaccines.  

The WHO chief Tedros Adhanonom Ghebreyesus, tweeted: “On average in high-income countries 1 in 4 people has received a #COVID19 vaccine. In low-income countries it’s 1 in 500+. Scarcity of supply is driving vaccine nationalism and vaccine diplomacy. This is a time for partnership, not patronage. We must accelerate #VaccinEquity now!”. 

The global solidarity initiative, COVAX, has also experienced a shortage of vaccines.  While the mechanism has distributed some 38 million doses so far, it was expected to deliver nearly 100 million by the end of March.  

“The problem is not getting vaccines out of COVAX; the problem is getting them in”, he said.  

“We understand that some countries and companies plan to do their own bilateral vaccine donations, bypassing COVAX for their own political or commercial reasons. These bilateral arrangements run the risk of fanning the flames of vaccine inequity.” 

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