Almost all countries have initiated the Covid-19 vaccination process in an attempt to fight this pandemic as is shown every day in the trending news. The mission to create a communal resistance against COVID-19 is now bearing some fruits. Here we discuss global COVID-19 vaccine news tracker.
There has been a question among individuals whether they will be able to travel or work without a Covid vaccine as there remains skepticism and concern.
Almost two dozen vaccines have been approved and many more are being tested for approval. As of June 2021, more than 2 billion Covid-19 vaccines have been distributed around the world.
According to the CNN vaccination tracker, countries like Britain, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have rolled out numerous vaccines and demonstrate a leading national vaccination uptake.
Although many countries have introduced vaccinations and have successfully vaccinated many citizens, we can’t ignore that ‘almost all’ and not ‘all’ countries have introduced vaccines yet.
There are still many countries that are reluctant to introduce vaccines as they are skeptical about the vaccines short trial periods and possible health side effects. We are taking a closer look at some of those zero or near zero vaccination countries to dig deeper into this subject while reflecting other national news coverage.
Zero Vaccination Countries & Current Analysis
The global vaccination uptake by the listed countries below is not as high as it was expected to be. Some countries have almost zero vaccination rates and in the below analysis we discuss possible reasons.
The Haitian government has refused to use the AstraZeneca vaccine that has been recommended by the WHO (World Health Organization). About 756,000 vaccine doses were scheduled to reach Haiti in the month of May 21 and they were all free of charge, but Haiti asked for vaccines from other drug-makers instead. The country has storage issues and a lack of deep refrigeration infrastructure and fuel for electricity, and the climate can only accommodate the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines because these vaccines do not require the deep cold temperatures for their handling and safekeeping. Other reasons for the low vaccine uptake are that Haitians are not convinced of the efficacy of the vaccines and that richer nations have used up the majority of the initial vaccine supplies.
Dominican Republic of Congo
Similarly, countries like Congo have seen a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and the number of Covid-related deaths are also increasing. The national vaccination was launched in March 21, which is just a month after European nations suspended the dosage of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine which was received via the COVAX initiative. Hence, the vaccination process has slowed down. This is due to a lack of people’s trust and their concern about possible vaccine side effects. Many medical professionals in the region are making efforts to educate people better about the vaccine and its health implications. After the surge of the third wave, more citizens decided to get vaccinated. The process, however, is still slow and the country is still very far from having a fully vaccinated population.
Vietnam was once an example for other countries for global vaccination uptake, but now it is facing a surge in the infection rate due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases. It had one of the lowest vaccination rates in June 21 in the whole of Southeast Asia. But because Vietnam’s public health system has years of experience in coping with other viruses like SARS, putting in place effective institutions and procedures, rigorous quarantines, and contact tracing, they managed to reduce infection rates fast. However, this has significantly impacted their economic growth and now Vietnam is sending requests for donations for vaccine funds. The low rates of infection have led to Vietnam not pursuing vaccines with urgency and now it is at the back of the queue. It also is in the middle of working on its own Covid-19 vaccines and obviously wants to rather deliver these vaccines to their citizens. Political agendas with China, which has rolled out its own vaccines and encourage Vietnam to use them, equally play into the situation of a slow vaccine rollout here.
The Government authorities of Tanzania are accused of having discarded COVID-19 vaccines and of promoting unsubstantiated remedies. Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima explained at a news conference earlier this year that the Tanzanian government is not yet satisfied that the available and approved vaccines have been clinically proven safe. They are skeptical about the efficiency of the vaccines offered to them by the WHO and even stopped releasing official statistics of COVID-19 infections in mid-2020. Tanzania is not on the Covid-19 vaccine distribution list published by COVAX and is assumed to either have exercised their rights to opt-out, have not submitted vaccine requests, or have not yet been allocated doses. Other African countries such as Burundi, Eritrea, and Madagascar are also absent from the COVAX forecast list.
Many other countries from the African continent are also facing similar challenges in the vaccination rollout. The main reasons for the vaccination hesitancy appear to be the fear of possible side effects, the lack of research data about its efficacy as well as political, cultural, and personal lifestyle choices and reasons.
It remains therefore an interesting development, especially with many governments allowing fully vaccinated to travel freely, how the vaccination rollout and the pandemic will progress.
A Few Final Words
The number of doses administered in the countries listed in the CNN vaccination tracker does not indicate that most people in that country are fully vaccinated. Since most of the countries are following the procedure of providing two doses for a full vaccination, many people are yet to be fully vaccinated. Governments all over the world are trying to get their population vaccinated as soon as possible. So far, 4 billion doses of vaccines have reached countries in most parts of the world. But there are many countries that are yet to get the vaccines from manufacturers. On a global level, 35 million doses are being administered daily according to the regularly updated CNN vaccination tracker and this data will continue to show how the vaccine rollout progresses and which nations more involved than others.