How to vaccinate the whole world (not just rich countries) against COVID
SALT LAKE CITY — Last year, wealthy countries bought about 70% of all COVID-19 vaccines, while only 1% went to poorer nations. How can this global imbalance be fixed in order to give more people access and vaccinate the whole world?
Fixing the global vaccine supply chain
Yadav pointed out that multiple manufacturers collectively produced about 10 billion doses of COVID vaccines. The number of humans on Earth numbered 7.75 billion in 2020.
Due to the uneven distribution of vaccines, “Nigeria and many other countries in Africa, which are unable to access vaccine supplies, their vaccination coverage rates are still lower than 2 to 3%,” Yadav said.
Also adding to vaccine imbalance is manufacturing capacity, which is highly insufficient, he said.
“Every single vaccine dose that we can administer, society as a collective gains thousands of dollars through economic and health benefits,” Yadav said.
Individual manufacturing firms cannot ensure the maximum capacity of vaccine doses. That has to be done by wealthier countries. And, that capacity needs to be placed in the right regions, he added.
“It’s not okay to have it all concentrated in the US and in Europe, India, and China. Some capacity needs to be in Africa and Latin America,” Yadav said. ” How to keep that capacity sustainable, so that it’s not just a one-shot investment that then decays over time, is the need and the question of the hour.”
Inoculating the world population against coronavirus will require coordination between governments, vaccine manufacturers and the global business community.
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