According to the agency, residents of 27 such countries, which account for 11% of the world’s population, are provided with 40% of all manufactured vaccines.
The richest countries are the main recipients of COVID-19 vaccines – the residents of 27 such countries, which account for 11% of the world’s population, are provided with 40% of all manufactured vaccines. In contrast, 11% of the poorest states received only 1.6% of these drugs. This was reported on Friday by Bloomberg with reference to its own calculations.
According to his estimates, the rate of vaccination against COVID-19 in the countries with the highest incomes is 25 times faster than similar indicators recorded in the states with the lowest incomes. The agency analyzed the distribution of 726 million doses of vaccines received in 154 countries.
The United States, according to Bloomberg estimates, accounts for (as of Thursday) 24% of all vaccines produced in the world. At the same time, 4.3% of the world’s population lives in the United States. In Pakistan, for example, 2.7% of the world’s population lives, but the share of this state in global vaccination is only 0.1%.
This distribution of vaccines, the agency points out, is a consequence of the fact that the richest countries have pre-purchased billions of manufactured and planned doses of the drug to meet the needs of their residents first. These stocks, taking into account the upcoming supplies, will be enough, according to the agency, to carry out several vaccination campaigns for the residents of these countries. In contrast, 11% of the poorest countries do not have the capacity to conduct even one.
In almost half of the world’s countries, Bloomberg notes, less than 1% of their residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19, and the United States plans to reach the vaccination rate of 75% in the next three months. The Agency pointed out that the contrast in the highly disproportionate distribution of vaccines globally is probably even more striking when you consider that more than 40 States do not have data on their vaccinations, and 8% of the world’s population lives there.