Vaccination inequality continues to grow due to booster shots in rich countries
Rich countries have agreed more booster shots in the last three months than the least prosperous countries can vaccinate in total over the entire past year. The gap of vaccination inequality continues to grow together. This week, a quarter of the general dose of shots consisted of an additional vaccine for individuals who had previously been fully vaccinated, according to figures from Our World in Data. The high-income countries, a World Bank classification based on more gross national income, have already provided 5.4 percent of the population with an extra shot. This includes, for example, the EU Member States, Japan and the United States. In the 24 poorest countries, including Ethiopia and Afghanistan, only 4.1 percent received at least one dose of corona vaccine. The lowest-income countries depend on donations and the World Health Organization’s Covax program. In total, 360 million doses have been delivered to 30 countries through the program.
The Netherlands lags behind in administering booster shots
Surrounding European countries are much more energetic than the Netherlands when it comes to administering a booster shot. The Netherlands starts with a serious defense against the elderly. In the United Kingdom, almost 15 percent of the total population already received an extra dose, in Germany, Austria, Belgium and France this percentage is between 3 and 6. According to the latest figures, the Netherlands has only given 62 thousand injections, which is converted to 0 . 3 percent of the population. In December Dutch people over 80 will receive an invitation for an extra shot.