The AFP Count on Tuesday brought out an information from reliable sources that over three billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been apportioned out worldwide due to the verge at which the third wave of the new Delta Variant is surging and it infections.
According to them, the first billion was reached 20 weeks after the start of the first mass vaccination campaigns in December the second billion in 6 weeks took less than 4 weeks to reach the third billion.
Some 40% of the doses apportioned worldwide ranged 1.2 billion to be given to China. India had about 329 million and the United States 324 million which summed up to the doses needed .
Amongst the countries with more than one million inhabitants, the Middle East was the champions of vaccination followed by the United Arab Emirates with 153 doses per 100 inhabitants, Bahrain with 124 and Israel 124. These countries are approaching 60% of the population fully vaccinated.
The next set of countries to welcome their vaccines are Chile with 118 doses per 100 inhabitants , the United Kingdom with 113, Mongolia 111,Uruguay ( 110, Hungary 107, Qatar 107 and the United States 98. These countries have vaccinated about half of their population of between 46% and 54%.
For the European Union, it has been apportioned out to 357 million doses to 50% of its population. Some 32% of inhabitants are fully vaccinated. Malta, the smallest country in the Union is by far the most advanced with over 70% of its population fully vaccinated. The most populous countries in the EU Germany, France, Italy, and Spain are around the average with about one-third of their population fully vaccinated.
While most poor countries have now started the vaccination mainly through the Covax mechanism ,WHO, Gavi alliance and Cepi coalition are still the major inequalities in the vaccination against COVID-19 with high income countries as defined by the World Bank have apportioned out an average of 79 doses per 100 inhabitants, compared to only one dose in low income countries.
Five countries have not yet began their campaign with the likes of Tanzania, Burundi, Eritrea, Haiti and North Korea.
In spite of the controversy engulfing the COVID-19 Vaccines,the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine has given out nearly 80% of the countries and territories that vaccinate at least 171 out of 216 are the most widely distributed in the world.
The vaccine is ahead of its competitors developed by Pfizer/BioNTech (at least 102, 47%), Sinopharm and Moderna (at least 48 countries, 22%), Sputnik V (at least 41, 19%), Johnson & Johnson (at least 31, 14%) and Sinovac (at least 24, 11%).
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