It’s not over till it’s over

Significant inequities in the accessibility and affordability of vaccines between countries mean that low-income countries will continue bear the brunt of the pandemic’s devastating effects Photo: UN/Harandane Dicko
While nearly two in every three high-income countries were able to achieve the 70 percent target, the persistent challenges low-income countries have faced has prevented them from doing so. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh/Fahad Kaizer
For 17 countries, reaching 70 percent coverage would mean accelerating current vaccination rates at least 20 times, and nine countries would need to achieve more than 100 times greater speeds. Photo: UN/Harandane Dicko
If the status quo is maintained, half of all low income countries are not expected to reach the 70 percent target by the end of this decade. Photo: Shutterstock
In five low- and six lower-middle income countries, coverage among older adults is lower than for the overall population: UNDP Bangladesh/Fahad Kaizer
As of July 2022, just eight of the 24 low-income countries with available data had achieved 100 percent primary series coverage for healthcare workers. Among the 19 low-income countries with available data, only Mozambique had achieved 100 percent coverage for older adults. Photo: UNDP PAPP/Abed Zagout (Left), Photo: UNDP Yemen (right)
Campaigns to improve coverage for older adults including demand generation and outreach campaigns could result in significant gains. If countries are able to allocate six of every 10 vaccines they administer to older adults, by the end of 2022 they would be able to provide protection to an additional 6.8 million older adults. Photo: Shutterstock

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