The US is the world’s largest vaccine donor

The US is the largest donor of Covid-19 vaccines globally, higher than other leading economies such as China, Japan and the UK, according to UNICEF data.

Data compiled by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows that as of September 9, the US has funded and distributed more than 114 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to about 80 developing countries across Asia. Africa and Latin America. This is more than three times the 34 million doses that China has donated to the world.

UNICEF is the agency responsible for child protection and development, and coordinates the supply of Covid-19 vaccines for the COVAX initiative to share vaccines with low-income countries. Data compiled by UNICEF from publicly available information may not represent the full global vaccine contribution.

A US Army Preventive Medical Services technician prepares a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at Fort Knox, Kentucky on September 9.  Photo: AFP.

A US Army Preventive Medical Services technician prepares a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at Fort Knox, Kentucky on September 9. Photo: AFP.

China is the world’s second-largest vaccine donor, while Japan ranks third with about 23.3 million doses, data compiled by UNICEF shows.

Asian countries are among the recipients of the most vaccine aid, with Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan all receiving more than 10 million doses.

More than 207 million doses were donated through a bilateral mechanism or COVAX, well below the recommendations of an independent committee set up by the World Health Organization (WHO). In its most recent report in May, the committee recommended that high-income countries redistribute at least one billion doses of vaccine to low- and middle-income countries by September 1, and another billion by mid-year. 2022.

Two top WHO epidemiologists last week condemned the rich country’s hoarding of Covid-19 treatment and vaccines, saying such actions prolong the pandemic.

A study by analytics firm Airfinity found that rich countries buy more vaccines than they need. Airfinity predicts that the US, European Union (EU), UK, Canada and Japan will have more than 1.2 billion doses left over by 2021 after injecting all eligible people and injecting boosters.

WHO aims to have every country vaccinated at least 10% of its population by the end of this month, before raising that number to at least 40% by the end of this year and 70% by mid-2022. But in about 50 countries. Across the globe, mainly in Africa, less than 10% of the population has received at least one dose.

Data shows that the African region has vaccinated 5.5% of the population, the lowest globally.

Experts, including renowned epidemiologist Larry Brilliant, say more widespread vaccination is needed to limit new strains and end the global pandemic.

In addition to health concerns, delays in vaccinating people globally could cost the world economy $2.3 trillion between 2022 and 2025, the Economist Intelligence Unit estimates. The Economist Intelligence Unit estimates that emerging economies will bear two-thirds of that loss.

Huyen Le (Follow Health & Science)


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