Global inequalities in Covid-19 vaccinations
December 13, 2021 - Two years into the coronavirus pandemic, slightly more than half of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. However, more than seven in 10 of those shots have gone into the arms of people in high- and upper-middle-income countries.
Less wealthy countries are relying on a vaccine-sharing arrangement called Covax, which originally aimed to provide two billion doses by the end of the year but has repeatedly cut its forecasts because of production problems, export bans and vaccine hoarding by wealthy nations, The New York Times said.
This has led to a striking divide between regions of the world. Africa has the slowest vaccination rate of any continent, with just 12 percent of the population receiving at least one dose of a vaccine.