Lower-income countries fall behind in race for vaccines

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Lower-income countries fall behind in race for vaccines

Dose shortages risk prolonging pandemic for years, experts warn

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.

The shortfall means that while the UK aims to offer coronavirus vaccinations to all adults in Britain by September, in many parts of the world it could take as long as three years to inoculate the population, during which time the virus will continue to circulate, experts have warned...

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