Foreign media: 1.3 billion doses of new crown vaccine have been vaccinated globally, Africa accounts for only 1%
China News Service, June 1st. According to Singapore’s “Lianhe Zaobao” citing the British “Guardian” report on the 1st, the global COVID-19 vaccine distribution is severely uneven. Of the 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine currently inoculated, only 1% is Inoculated in Africa. This ratio has been declining in recent weeks.
The report said that from Africa to Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean, many countries are not only unable to find enough vaccines, but also problems such as insufficient transportation, storage, and medical infrastructure. To solve the problem of insufficient vaccination rates for developing countries, simply increasing the vaccine dose is not enough. In addition, some countries have to deal with the public hesitation about vaccination.
On May 21, local time, a mobile COVID-19 vaccination station was set up in a parking lot outside a shopping mall in Toronto, Canada. On that day, more than 49% of the population in Canada received at least one dose of the vaccine, and the vaccination rate surpassed that of the neighboring United States. Photo by China News Agency reporter Yu Ruidong
Africa has so far received only 28 million doses of vaccine, which is less than 2% of the continent’s population; however, some wealthier countries have already completed vaccination of more than half of the population.
The World Health Organization recently announced that Africa will need at least 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the next six weeks. People who have received the first dose will receive the second dose. In addition, Africa needs another 200 million doses of vaccine to vaccinate 10% of the population by the end of September.
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Muti, said last week: “It’s too early to tell whether Africa is on the cusp of the third wave of epidemics. However, we know that cases are on the rise and time is running out. So , We urgently call on countries that have vaccinated high-risk groups to speed up the sharing of vaccines in order to fully protect the most vulnerable groups.”
Latin America and the Caribbean are also facing vaccination problems. This region only accounts for 8% of the world’s population, but it accounts for 30% of global deaths from COVID-19. Countries such as Peru have vaccinated about 5% of the population.
p > It is reported that in Nepal, the government procurement of vaccines is slow, and the country’s epidemic situation is also severe.
Even India, where the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer Serology Institute is located, is working hard to produce enough vaccines for its own population, causing the vaccines originally supplied to poor countries to be supplied to India.
The report also pointed out that developing countries such as Malawi are facing vaccine transportation problems, causing some vaccines to expire before they are used.