Lower-income countries fall behind in race for vaccines

Dose shortages risk prolonging pandemic for years, experts warn

20 January 2021 - 19:28 By Jonathan Wheatley

Inadequate supplies of Covid-19 vaccines for lower-income countries mean it could take years to inoculate some parts of the world, undermining global efforts to end the pandemic.

Desperate to vaccinate their populations against coronavirus, high-income nations, home to about one billion people, have secured 4,2 billion doses, about 74% of government orders, according to the latest weekly data compiled by the Global Health Innovation Center at Duke University of North Carolina in the US. In contrast, lower-middle and low-income countries have secured orders for 675 million doses...

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