Protect Canadians from another COVID-19 wave by ramping up vaccination in developing countries, experts say
2021-07-20 from cbc.ca
As many Canadians embrace a return to summer gatherings and activities amid relatively high vaccination rates and dropping COVID-19 case counts, millions of people around the world are still suffering the ravages of the pandemic as they desperately wait for vaccines, doctors and scientists say.
"To be honest it's sad and infuriating to see how other countries have just [been] taking everything that was on the shelf," said Pablo Tsukayama, a microbiologist at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru.
As of Monday, 70 per cent of Canadians had received at least one dose of COVID vaccine, according to online research publication Our World in Data. About 26 per cent of the world's population have had at least one shot.
But that percentage is driven up by rich countries. It's a stark contrast with the struggle on the ground in low-income countries, where only one per cent of people, on average, have received any vaccine at all.
In Africa, the rise of variant-driven infections coupled with a lack of vaccine coverage has plunged many countries into crisis.
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