Only 5% fully vaccinated in poor countries compared to 72% in rich nations: Study

WION Web Team
NEW DELHIUpdated: Feb 01, 2022, 04:36 PM IST

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Modeling study suggests that inequitable vaccination would result in a higher decline in mortality in high-income nations in the initial year, but that they would thereafter become vulnerable to additional COVID waves. 

According to a modelling study, vaccine inequality will prolong the pandemic and raise the chance of new variants arising. 

According to this research, if rich countries contributed half of their vaccination doses, the world would be better protected against emerging COVID strains, and there would be far fewer deaths in poor and middle-income countries.

Because vaccine inequities would prolong the epidemic and raise the probability of new variations arising, the modelling analysis concluded that it was in wealthier countries' self-interest to give doses. 

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According to the study, low and middle-income countries would witness a large reduction in viral deaths if high-income countries donated 46% of their Covid vaccine supplies, but even tiny increases in vaccine contributions would have a disproportionately favourable effect.

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Only about 5% of people in low-income countries are fully immunized, compared to 72% in high-income countries.

The new Covid cases recorded today took the total infection tally in the country to 4,14,69,499, as India continues to rank as the second worst-hit by Covid in the world, following the US.

(With inputs from agencies)