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With 1.2-billion shots they don’t need, rich nations must help the poor

Experts say it’s time they assisted those that haven’t been able to vaccinate frontline workers and the vulnerable

James Paton

Wealthy countries face mounting pressure to divert Covid-19 vaccine supplies to lower-income regions, with a new analysis showing they’ll likely have about 1.2-billion extra doses available by the end of the year.

The US, Britain, European nations and others could satisfy their own needs - vaccinating about 80% of their populations over the age of 12 and moving ahead with booster programmes - and still have large quantities to redistribute globally, according to London-based analytics firm Airfinity. 

Those governments have so far delivered a meagre amount of the supplies they’ve pledged to poorer countries as some move forward with plans for booster shots in a race to combat the Delta variant. Health advocates worry the slow pace will prolong the pandemic and increase the risk more worrisome variants will emerge. Some are also calling for more transparency on the agreements between governments and manufacturers...

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