United Nations, Jun 5 (PTI) Only three countries China, the US and India have received nearly 60 per cent of the two billion anti-Covid-19 vaccines distributed so far across the world, a senior World Health Organization adviser said. .
Bruce Eliward, senior advisor to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, gave this information at a news conference on Friday.
He said, “This week we will get more than two billion vaccines … We will cross the remarkable two billion vaccines mark in terms of number of vaccines and new anti-Covid-19 vaccines.” These have been
He said, “If we look at the two billion vaccines, more than 75 percent of the doses have been received by just 10 countries. Even 60 percent of the vaccines have been received by three countries China, America and India.
Aliward said that Kovax has been instrumental in distributing anti-Covid-19 vaccines to 127 countries and launching vaccination campaigns in many countries.
He said 60 percent of the two billion vaccines received by China, India and the US were “bought and used domestically”.
Eliward said only 0.5 percent of vaccines went to low-income countries that make up 10 percent of the world’s population.
“The problem now is that the supply of vaccines is getting disrupted. The problems in India and other countries are causing hindrances and it is becoming increasingly difficult to fill the gap.
“We expect Serum Institute of India to resume supply of vaccines at least in the fourth quarter,” he said.
SII, the world’s largest vaccine maker, is a key supplier of AstraZeneca vaccines to Covax. The supply of vaccines to Covax has been disrupted due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
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