It’s been revealed that the emergence of the Omicron variant made it pretty clear that the pandemic will not be over until it’s defeated everywhere – this is how a new article posted by The Guardian begins.
The same article continues and notes the fact that there has been a massive inequality in the global Covid vaccine rollout.
The online publication notes that this mirrors other rollouts, such as the vaccine for diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus, which has a vaccination rate as low as 41% in some countries.
The article notes the following:
“In the case of Covid, inequality has been compounded by wealthy nations buying up doses, and the need to ramp up adult vaccination programs in countries that hadn’t had them before.”
The Guardian also revealed to their readers a map that shows how the Covid vaccine rollout has progressed globally, showing the number of doses administered per 100 people over time.
The article continues to analyze the reasons for which some countries rolled out vaccines faster than others.
The main reason regarding vaccine rollout
The article mentioned above notes that wealthier countries have administered more vaccines in total, and, until recently, have consistently been dosing at a higher rate.
According to Andrea Taylor, part of a team at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center tracking Covid vaccine deals, a large cause of the disparity is supply.
The causation between vaccine supply and rollout speed is tricky to untangle because many countries still haven’t received enough vaccines. But “supply is the main driver of vaccination rates”, Taylor says.
She continued and said the following:
“[We] did also see vaccine hesitancy and product preference become important elements in different phases and across different countries over the past year.”
It’s been also revealed that a lot wealthier nations have been able to manufacture vaccines locally. It’s important to note the fact that this became increasingly important as factories hit capacity and some jurisdictions blocked exports.