More than 12 months after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, world leaders have been charged with the responsibility of providing the required protection for not just the rich countries but the poor. The safest way to achieve this text is through the availability of vaccines; a technology that humanity has often relied on in the past to bring down the death toll of infectious diseases.
Vaccine Recipient Per Continent (VIZ)
Unfortunately, reports show that only 1% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine.
North America makes up about five percent of the world’s population but accounts for 16 percent of those who received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. Europeans make up 17 percent of global vaccine recipients despite comprising around 10 percent of the world’s population.
In June, only 1.7 percent of vaccines (45 million) have been given in Africa, despite the continent making up 17 percent (1.3 billion) of the world’s population.
Global Vaccine Rates
North America, the continent currently with the highest vaccination rate – two out of every five people (41 percent) have received at least one dose. One-third of people are fully vaccinated there.
In Africa, the continent with the lowest vaccine rates, one out of every 40 people (2.5 percent) has received at least one jab, with only one out of every 100 people fully vaccinated, according to reports in June.