The inequality of the covid-19 vaccination that rich countries have decided

The confirmed deaths from the coronavirus around the world have already exceeded 5 million people, although this death toll is likely to rise because one of the countries rich has a different vaccination rate.

The probability that higher-income countries vaccinate their populations is higher than in low-income countries, a situation that carries the risk of prolonging the coronavirus pandemic and increasing inequality globally.

The United States leads the way in confirmed deaths from coronavirus

Globally, the United States is the leader in confirmed deaths, with around 750,000 victims, according to data from JHU. Brazil ranks second, with just over 600.000 victims. In the European region. Russia has some 234.000 victims, while the United Kingdom and Italy have 141,000 and 132,000, respectively.

The World Health Organization, which declared the pandemic outbreak in March 2020, has said it considers the number of actual deaths to be at least 60 percent higher than officially reported figures, with case numbers also higher than official estimates.

The highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus, which began to spread globally earlier this year, has remained high in the number of cases and deaths throughout 2021.

There is a vaccination gap of at least 4% between rich and poor countries

Currently, the world population does not have the same conditions of access to a vaccine that offers protection against COVID-19, and it depends a lot on where this person lives.

WHO has set the vaccination target in the 70 percent of the population by the middle of next year. However, if this objective is to be achieved, it is necessary to achieve much more equal access to vaccines.

Although during this year enough vaccines were produced to cover 70 percent of the vaccination worldwide composed of 7.8 billion people, most vaccines are reserved for countries with greater purchasing power, while producer countries prioritize vaccinating their population, an approach called ‘nationalistic attitude towards vaccines’.

The vaccination gap between rich and poor countries remains significant, with less than 4 percent of the population of low-income countries who received at least one injection, according to Our World in Data.

In the case of high-income countries, the corresponding proportion is approximately three-quarters. Russia and Romania, along with other Eastern European countries, have experienced a recent increase in deaths per capita, with lagged vaccination rates.

The vaccination of the first vaccine is very uneven depending on the country

The WHO has called for a moratorium on booster vaccines until the end of this year to achieve vaccination rates of 70 percent of the population in all countries of the world by mid-2022. High-income countries have received 16 times more vaccines than low-income countries.

But the number of booster vaccines given globally each day, around 1 million injectionsis three times the number of vaccines given per day in low-income countries, said WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan.

According to data from ‘Global Dashboard for Vaccine Equity‘in mid-September, only the 3.07 percent of the population in low-income countries had received the first dose, while the 60.18 percent of the population of high-income countries had received it.

The 70.92 percent of the United Kingdom population has been inoculated with the first dose of the vaccine, while in the United States it has been 65.2 percent. The level of vaccination Brazil is at 63.31 percent.

To the contrary, we find that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is at a vaccination level of the 0.09 percent who have received the first dose, in New Guinea from a 1.15 percent and in Venezuela in a 20.45 percent.

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Vaccination inequality will affect the new normal in rich countries

Coronavirus is an infectious disease and continues to be a global threatAs long as it exists in any part of the planet, there can be variants that can be extended again to the vaccinated countries, causing more deaths in the rich countries and also prolonging the crisis due to its effects.

Although in many countries with the highest vaccination levels, which coincide with the richest countries, the lives of many inhabitants are returning to a pseudo normality, the situation in countries with fewer resources is very different

An unequal distribution of vaccines deepens the inequalities between rich and poor countries, increasing the existing gap, and reverses years of investment in progress that has been difficult to achieve, having a long-lasting impact at the socioeconomic level and thus delays progress.

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