Billions In Low-Income Nations Will Not Receive Their Vaccine Anytime Soon

The urgency to develop and approve Covid-19 vaccines translated into a slow and arduous distribution process. According to the Bloomberg News Vaccine Tracker, a little over 50 million doses of vaccines have been distributed in 51 countries. That leaves only about 7.7 billion more people to go. Unless there’s a significant increase in production and distribution, billions will not receive the vaccine in 2021, most of which are located in low-income countries, which will result in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of unnecessary deaths. A closer inspection of the vaccine tracker shows a stunning, yet unsurprising trend for vaccine administration. The vast majority of vaccines distributed have been in global economic powers like the United States, China, and Europe. Countries in the global south, which tend to be lower-income countries, distributed much fewer doses. Covid-19 is not absent in these countries, nor are their governments refusing to distribute vaccines. They are simply lower on the priority list in comparison to others. Read the full article on Forbes.
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