Over 200 million vaccine doses given globally

A researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, works on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. (Photo: John Cairns/University of Oxford via AP)

More than 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in at least 107 countries and territories, according to an AFP count based on official sources Saturday.

In total 201,042,149 doses had been given worldwide — a figure that does not include the latest data from China and Russia, who have stopped making their progress public in recent days.

Some 45 per cent of the injections took places in countries belonging to the wealthy G7 club, whose members account for just 10 per cent of the global population.

Its seven countries — the US, Canada, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Japan — promised Friday to share doses more fairly with worse-off countries.

G7 leaders plan to more than double their total support to worldwide coronavirus vaccinations, to US$7.5 billion, including through the World Health Organization-led Covax scheme.

More broadly, 92 per cent of doses worldwide have been given in countries classified by the World Bank as “high-income” or “upper-middle income”, accounting for around half of global population.

Among the 29 countries the institution ranks as “low-income”, only Guinea and Rwanda have begun vaccinating.

In absolute figures, the US has injected more people than any other nation, with 59.6 million doses.

China had reached 40.5 million by February 9, while Britain is at 17.5 million, India 10.7 million and Israel 7.1 million.

–AFP