As the appalling global divide between people vaccinated against COVID-19 and people who are not continues to widen, we are calling on high-income countries to urgently redistribute their excess vaccine doses.
Based on the latest findings, we estimate that high-income countries will have 870 million excess vaccine doses beyond the needs of their populations this year – even accounting for third ‘booster’ shots for high-risk groups.
But fewer than 3% of people in low-income countries have been able to access a single dose of vaccine.
In many places where MSF works, we are seeing how this terrible vaccine inequity is playing out as lives are needlessly lost.
While many world leaders have made high-sounding commitments to redistribute vaccine doses by the end of this year or in to 2022, the world needs immediate action to curb the vaccine divide.
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