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Mass Covid-19 immunisation in poor countries could take until 2024

Caitlin Ashworth



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While developed countries, like those in the European Union, are likely to vaccinate most of the population within the next year, most poor countries won’t be able to reach mass Covid-19 immunisation until 2024, according to an analysis from the Economist Intelligence Unit.

84 of the world’s poorest countries will not receive enough vaccinations to reach herd immunity within the next year, according to the unit’s global forecasting director and author of the report, Agathe Demarais.

Agathe told the Guardian that disparity in vaccinations between the rich and poor countries will “define the global economy, the global political landscape, travel, pretty much everything.”

Poor countries may have poor medical infrastructure and few health workers that are trained to administer vaccines. Some countries may also have issues securing vaccine ingredients as well as production constraints and delays in delivery.

Countries with many people living in rural areas, like India and China, may also have problems reaching people in remote areas, according to Agathe.

SOURCE: Guardian

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    But has Thailand signed sufficient supply contracts? It has the money.
    There are one and a half million people unable to contribute to the economy. They are losing the will to work. Their skills may not fit the future. Tvey are receiving state aid. They are begging. They are turning to crime.
    Look at the tourist infrastructure. It is abandoned and falling into disrepair. Consider the cost of restoring Thailand’s competitive edge.
    Not good to go slow. Thailand has the foreign currency reserves. Hence, in part, the high baht. What will happen to the baht if Rhailand doesnt rollout the vaccine ingood time.
    A dedication to invest in the welfare of all residents and the infrastructure will pay handsome dividends.

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    Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Poor countries also have younger populations and stronger immune systems, but nobody’s accusing the news media of being objective on this thing. A screeching lunatic is more accurate portrayal of the media.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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