COVAX supply forecast: Vaccine supply still a big concern
About 12 months ago, various organizations banded together to establish COVAX. COVAX’s goal was to ensure that people in low-income countries can have access to COVID-19 vaccines that are readily available in higher-income countries. And indeed, COVAX has successful in providing vaccines to countries who need it most, such as the Philippines.
However, they revealed in their recent statement that they still face a number of hurdles with regard to access to vaccines. In particular, they mentioned that in poorer countries, only 20% of the population has been fully vaccinated. In contrast, richer countries have fully vaccinated about 80% of their population1. According to them, the current state of vaccination is “unacceptable.”
They add that some of the challenges they’ve experienced include delays in delivery, export bans, as well as the richer countries buying up most of the vaccine supply. In addition, despite various countries and organizations pledging vaccines, the short-term supply still remains a big concern2.
Because of this, they encourage some of the richer nations who have had achieved high coverage to give up their place in manufacturer queues to lower-income nations. They’ve also requested these countries to donate some of their supply to other nations whose vaccine coverage is still not enough.