The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that of the 700 million vaccine doses against Covid19 given worldwide, 87% were administered in high income countries.
WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus remarked a “shocking imbalance in global distribution” as only 0.2% of the total number of global vaccinations were given in low income nations.
Ghebreyesus also stated that the disparity between wealthy and poorer countries is “one in four versus one in 500.”
Meanwhile, the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility has experienced a shortage of doses.
Some countries and companies have opted to bypass the COVAX facility for their own reasons.
The WHO chief said that the bilateral arrangements of these groups “run the risk of fanning the flames of vaccine inequity”.
Chief executive officer of Gavi, the vaccine alliance and COVAX partner, Seth Berkley, also mentioned that they’ve begun to see issues in vaccine ingredients apart from the actual doses.
Berkley further spoke about a need for “continued solidarity”, and that they are looking into options for production scaling in order to meet their goal of delivering two billion doses by the end of 2021.
COVAX is also currently negotiating with several wealthy nations for sharing excess vaccines, as well as developing cost-sharing programs for low-income nations to buy vaccines via the facility.
The facility has provided over 38 million doses of Covid19 vaccines in the country, while also supplying 101 other nations.