People in poorer nations might not get a COVID-19 vaccine in 2021

World's richest nations are racing to stockpile COVID-19 vaccines for their citizens but this might mean no vaccine for people in developing countries.

People's Vaccine Alliance, a coalition between Amnesty International, Oxfam and Global Justice now, warned the world on Wednesday, saying if no action is taken 90 percent of people in poorer nations will not get access to a vaccine against COVID-19.

The world's richest nations have currently bought 54 percent of the potential vaccine supplies, despite housing only 14 percent of the world's population. Canada, for example, has ordered almost 5 complete doses of vaccines per person.

"No one should be blocked from getting a life-saving vaccine because of the country they live in or the amount of money in their pocket,"  Anna Marriott, Oxfam Health Policy Manager.

While affluent countries like the UK who has already administered the first dose of the vaccine to nearly 1.5 million people, 67 low-income countries have made no vaccine purchase yet.
According to the People's Vaccine Alliance, it's likely that these countries, along with 221 others who signed up for the programme, rely on COVAX, a global fund to provide equal access to the vaccine across the world.
High-income countries, along with the EU have pledged to provide funds for COVA, however, there is no clear timeline for the programme's rollout.
According to Duke Global Health Innovation Center, "Current models predict that there will not be enough vaccines to cover the world's population until 2023 or 2024". If there aren't dramatic changes to the vaccine rollout strategies billions of people across the world won't get access to safe and effective vaccination against COVID-19 for years. Which essentially means the pandemic also won't end for the rest of the world.
This upcoming crisis with vaccine distribution is a clear sign of the lack of equitable access to healthcare around the world. Health systems are facing major challenges due to the pricing of pharmaceuticals, research and testing of new drugs and treatments. Public health services do not always provide the care that people require. Accessible healthcare is a luxury the majority of the world's population doesn't have. 

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