February 20 media reported that more than 200 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been vaccinated in at least 107 countries and regions, about 45% of which are carried out in rich countries belonging to the Group of Seven (G7), which accounts for only 10% of the global population.
According to AFP on the 20th, as of 6 p.m, a total of 2010,4,149 doses of coronavirus vaccine were provided worldwide, about 45% of which were carried out in rich countries belonging to the G7.
The group promised to share it more equitably with poor countries on Friday (19th). Dose. According to the report, 92% of the global dose is used in countries classified by the World Bank as “high income” or “upper-middle income”, accounting for about half of the global population.
Of the 29 countries classified as “low-income”, only Guinea and Rwanda have started vaccination.
An earlier study by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization showed that if about 50 high-income countries monopolize the first 2 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine, 33% of the global cases can avoid death.
However, if the same vaccine is fairly distributed according to the size of the population of each country, up to 61% of deaths can be avoided globally.
Therefore, equitable vaccine distribution requires not only the efforts of each country in vaccine research and development, but also global cooperation.
AFP previously reported that Benjamin Schreiber, UNICEF coronavirus vaccine coordinator, said that it is essential that all countries have equitable access to vaccines.
“We really need to avoid the situation where rich countries ‘devour all vaccines,’ he said. “No one should be prevented from getting a life-saving vaccine because of how much money they live in or in their pocket,” said Anna Mariotte, health policy manager at Oxfam’s charity.