WHO: Lack of supply of second dose vaccine, many countries have to stop vaccination
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), currently about 30-40 countries around the world are not able to provide the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people.
Bruce Aylward, senior adviser at WHO, said many poorer countries have had to suspend the implementation of the second dose of vaccination.
The supply of vaccines in countries dependent on the Serum Institute of India’s AstraZeneca vaccine, distributed through the WHO-sponsored COVAX mechanism, has plummeted after India stopped exporting vaccines in favor of the domestic market.
According to Mr. Aylward, countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East as well as neighboring countries of India such as Nepal and Sri Lanka are all affected.
Previously, on June 14, WHO warned that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was spreading faster than the progress of COVID-19 vaccine coverage, and said that the commitment of the leading industrialized countries’ countries World (G7) aid 1 billion doses of vaccines for poor countries may not be enough.
As of June 17, the global vaccine sharing mechanism COVAX has only distributed 88 million doses of vaccine to more than 131 countries, much less than planned.