Monday, June 21, 2021

Vaccines - Too Little, Too Late

 Despite all those seemingly altruistic promises from the wealthier nations to donate vaccines, many nearing their expiry dates, WHO senior adviser Dr Bruce Aylward said this was nowhere near enough to protect populations from a virus still spreading worldwide.

The Covax vaccine sharing programme had delivered 90 million doses to 131 countries. Only 40 million doses have been administered so far in Africa - less than 2% of the population.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called for an end to vaccine hoarding by wealthier countries as shortages come as some nations in Africa see the third wave of infections.

 Biden said he was committed to shipping 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses abroad by the end of June but fewer than 10 million doses have been shipped around the world.

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