How quickly are Covid vaccines being developed around the world?

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Coronavirus vaccines have been provided in over 190 countries, totaling over 5.4 billion doses.

However, the rate of progress in different parts of the world varies dramatically. Some countries have managed to procure and provide doses for a considerable section of their people, while others are still lagging behind.

This is the world’s largest vaccine campaign, with the goal of reaching almost every adult on the planet. China and India have given out the most dosages, with over two billion and 677 million doses, respectively. With approximately 374 million people, the United States is ranked third.

While vaccination operations in Europe and the Americas are moving successfully, several African countries are experiencing supply problems.

Many impoverished nations rely on Covax delivery, a programme managed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), to ensure that everyone in the world is protected from disease.

By the end of the year, Covax hopes to have delivered around two billion vaccine doses around the world, but many vaccines require two doses per individual. So far, the programme has delivered about 236 million immunizations. G7 leaders have committed to providing one billion vaccination doses to poorer countries, either directly or through the Covax programme.

The majority of countries are beginning with doses for the over-60s, health personnel, and clinically susceptible patients. There is already positive evidence that immunizations are reducing hospital admissions and mortality in countries like Israel and the United Kingdom. More than 200 potential vaccinations are being tested in clinical trials around the world to determine their efficacy and safety……

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