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Running on empty: poor nations desperate as vaccine supplies run dry

Many have run out of shots distributed through the Covax campaign, and the world could pay a heavy price

James Paton and Corinne Gretler

A string of nations across Africa, Asia and other regions have run out of Covid-19 vaccines or are on the brink of doing so, months after receiving first shipments from a global programme meant to equitably distribute the life-saving shots.

When the supplies arrived in developing countries earlier this year through the Covax effort, they were seen as an important step in narrowing a glaring gap in global access. Today, many of those same countries are facing vaccine shortages and are unsure when they will receive donations from wealthy countries.

A World Health Organisation adviser on Monday said that of 80 lower-income countries that have received vaccines through the programme, about 40 are either out of vaccines or on the verge. ..

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