Lack of equality in the delivery of Covid vaccine? Unfortunately, this is what WHO noticed on Thursday January 14, 2021, saying only 10 countries concentrate 95% of vaccinations completed so far. Among the ten countries, four are set on the European continent, as reported on Our world in data. Therefore, these countries are: the United-Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Spain, as well as – outside the European Union – China, the United-States of America, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Israel, and Canada.
“Ninety-five per cent of the 23.5 million doses of vaccines administered globally have been administered in 10 countries. […] Collectively, we simply cannot afford to leave any country, any community behind” Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe said. Deliveries have been unfairly completed, and there are not enough vaccines to protect as many people as possible. For instance, the European Union – despite three million people vaccinated so far – only reports a small percent of people vaccinated.
If you look closer, the United-Kingdom has decided to vaccinate 15 million people at risk by mid-February. In the rest of Europe, among the 53 countries concerned, 31 have started their vaccine campaign and are speeding it up, at their own pace. For the others, enjoying the Covax process, doses are expected for early February.
All in all, so far, 28 million vaccines have been injected in about 46 countries. But 2021 will remain a year tinted with Coronavirus, as Hans Kluge explains, adding that despite everything “this will be a more predictable year, the situation will be easier to control”.