60 countries lack Covid-19 vaccines

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec3,2023 #countries #Covid
60 countries lack Covid-19 vaccines 6
60 countries lack Covid-19 vaccines 6

Covax, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) mechanism to ensure equitable vaccine distribution, has recently delivered more than 25,000 vaccine doses to low- and middle-income countries.

According to data from UNICEF, in the past two weeks, Covax distributed less than 2 million vaccine doses to 92 developing countries, equal to the number of doses administered in the UK during the same period.

On April 9, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out the imbalance in the global Covid-19 vaccination program.

The shortage mainly stems from the Serum Institute of India’s decision to stop exporting the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Covax will only distribute vaccines approved by WHO.

In Kenyatta, people are worried about when they will continue to be vaccinated.

A man is vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine in Nairobi, Kenya, March 5.

Internal WHO documents show that the lax distribution campaign caused some countries to lose confidence in Covax.

Last month, WHO said it would give the green light to China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines at the end of April. Some experts note that both vaccines currently lack data on safety and effectiveness.

WHO also faced a series of questions from countries participating in the Covax program, asking `will people who have received the first dose of vaccine have the opportunity to get a second dose?`.

According to Lavanya Vasudevan, associate professor at Duke University’s Institute for Global Health: `Low global vaccination rates could prolong the pandemic for several more years. Every day the virus continues to spread is an opportunity for it to break out.`

Earlier this month, WHO called on rich countries to urgently share 10 million vaccine doses, meeting the United Nations goal of mass vaccination in every country in the first 100 days of 2021. To date, countries have provided aid.

Typically, vaccine aid moves are politically driven, instead of targeting countries with the highest number of nCoV infections.

According to the International Rescue Committee, the number of infections and deaths last month in poor countries increased dramatically: 322% in Kenya, 379% in Yemen and 529% in northeastern Syria.

On April 8, agencies supporting Covax, including WHO, the Gavi Vaccine Alliance, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Response (CEPI), celebrated the milestone of providing 38 million doses of vaccine to more than 100 countries.

`Celebrating the distribution of enough doses for 19 million people, that is 0.25% of the global population, is an act of indifference to the real situation. WHO and Gavi have repeatedly made unrealistic promises and underdelivered.`

However, some experts have a more optimistic view of WHO.

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