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UN’s Slow COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Raises Equity Concerns In Latin America, Caribbean

Vaccine-makers are readying 190 million doses of the flu vaccine for deployment across the U.S. this fall — 20 million more doses than in a typical year. A nasal spray version will be available, as well as shots.
Vaccine-makers are readying 190 million doses of the flu vaccine for deployment across the U.S. this fall — 20 million more doses than in a typical year. A nasal spray version will be available, as well as shots.

Governments across Latin America and the Caribbean eagerly signed up for access to COVID-19 vaccines through a United Nations-backed alliance created last year to ensure poor countries across the world aren’t left behind.

But as wealthy nations begin massive inoculation campaigns, political leaders and citizens in one of the world’s hardest-hit regions are growing impatient. No vaccines have been delivered yet through the COVAX Facility, only one manufacturer has been authorized and a limited supply of doses secured.

Concerned that they are lagging behind in the global race to to control the pandemic, some nations are making their own arrangements with pharmaceutical companies as infections and deaths continue to rise, political pressure mounts and worry grows that while richer countries are getting access, less developed ones must wait.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.