When will COVID end?
A path towards now vs. later..
In late September 2021, the White House announced plans to send an additional 500 million COVID-19 vaccines totaling more than 1.1 billion vaccines to be donated to nations worldwide. Yet as we approach the second anniversary of the March 2020 shutdown, Americans (and citizens across the globe) continue to suffer, from inflationary pricing due to ongoing supply chain issues being exacerbated to changing workplace and school rules for when/how we can be together in-person to of course the ongoing health issues for those infected.
Though U.S. intentions may have been to end COVID (as a serious health and economic threat) as soon as possible, as of today less than 400 million doses of the 1.1 billion vaccine dose pledge have actually been delivered. Of the more than 7.5 billion people living on this planet, the World Bank estimates that at least 65% are older than 15 years old, which is at least 5 billion people. Those numbers put in context would indicate that we as a species need a much more robust and collaborative effort to fight this pandemic. Though there is a segment of our nation’s population (and in the world) which are consciously not being vaccinated, the more dominant global issue today is vaccine supply and distribution.
According to the Global Dashboard for Vaccine Equity published by the United Nations, 68% of people living in high income countries have been vaccinated while less than 12% of people living in low-income countries have received at least 1 vaccine dose. Many low-income nations do not have vaccine research and production facilities and cannot safely store Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which require ultra-cold storage far exceeding standard refrigeration capabilities.
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