Shortage of Covid-19 vaccines in Latin America exposes inequality between rich and poor nations

The total number of doses (37 million) does not reflect the capacity of most countries in the region to serve their populations, since 87% of the doses are in the hands of only 4 countries: Brazil (15 million), Chile (8.6 million), Mexico, and Argentina (4 million each).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Latin America and the Caribbean lack the necessary amount of Covid-19 vaccines. By Friday, March 5th, the region's countries had received 37 million doses, which are to be distributed among 630 million people.

The figure is only enough to administer fewer than six doses for every 100 inhabitants. Assuming a criterion of 2 doses per person, today the region can immunize 2.8% of its population. By contrast, in the United States, almost 1 in 4 citizens has already been immunized.

The inequalities in global distribution draw a map of the differences between rich . . .

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