It has barely been five months since the first vaccination was administered to a 90-year-old in the United Kingdom. Now the world is celebrating a milestone of 1 Billion Covid Vaccines that have been administered.
There is no data as to who was provided the 1 billionth dose of the vaccine or in which country it happened but achieving this milestone is amazing news.
It is brilliant but not enough. It was reported by Bloomberg that currently, the world is administering 18.5 million vaccine doses every day. If we continue at this pace, it would take a little less than 2 years to vaccinate almost 75% of the world.
The world is also noticing that most of the vaccines are being administered by rich countries and there is a lot of geographical disparity in vaccination doses being provided.
Like In India where only 1.4% of its population has been vaccinated, there are over 300,000 new cases every day as per The Washington Post. Unlike in the United States, where 40% of the population has received one dose and 25% of adults have been fully vaccinated. There are also some cities and states that are rejecting vaccine doses as there is not enough demand.
The United Kingdom and The United States have been criticized a lot this week on international platforms as other leaders are confused as to why these countries are not sharing vaccines since they appear to have quite a stock.
NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne shared a statement that said the U.S. is dedicated to providing assistance but it is not yet prepared to provide vaccine doses. She said, “The United States is working around the clock to deploy available resources and supplies.”
Horne shared that the U.S. is working to make “specific raw material” available to India so it can manufacture its Covidshield vaccine and it is also working to provide India with test kits, drugs, personal protective equipment, and ventilators. The United States is also looking to assist India to help pay for expanding manufacturing units for BioE which is the company that makes the vaccines in India along with any other material that they may require.
U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-IL, was born in India and has requested the U.S. administration to provide vaccines to India. He released a statement on 24th April which said, “We are currently sitting on close to 40 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the U.S. stockpile, a stockpile which we’re not using and which we’ve already opened to combat COVID-19 in Mexico and Canada. In order to curb the spread of this virus internationally and to protect public health and our international economy, we need to get these vaccines out the door now. I respectfully but strongly call on the Biden administration to release millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses to countries hardest hit by the spread of COVID-19, including India, Argentina, and potentially others.”
President Joe shared on Tuesday about his plans to share the vaccine doses with the world, “We’re in the process of doing that. We’ve done a little bit of that already. We’re looking at what is going to be done with some of the vaccines that we are not using. We’re going to make sure they are safe to be sent. And we hope to be able to be of some help and value to countries around the world.”