It’ll take a lot more than jabs to kill Covid

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It’ll take a lot more than jabs to kill Covid

As poorer countries receive more jabs, distribution and demand may pose bigger bottlenecks than supply

Bloomberg editors

Covid-19 variants are racing through the developing world far faster than vaccinations. More shots are desperately needed to slow the spread of the disease — but even they won’t be enough.

The Delta variant in particular is tipping the pandemic into a frightening new stage. The highly transmissible strain, now infecting more than 100 countries, has upended poorer nations. Hospitals are overflowing in Indonesia, as patients’ relatives hunt desperately for oxygen cylinders. Deaths have been rising for more than a month in Africa, spiking 43% in just one week. Countries from Bangladesh to Zambia have recorded sky-high positivity rates.

The longer these outbreaks rage unchecked, the greater the danger to everyone. Newer variants are already appearing. If some turn out deadlier or more contagious, they could devastate the developing world — as well as still-large unvaccinated populations in richer countries...

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