A “huge number” of poorer countries had to suspend their vaccination programs due to a lack of doses, the World Health Organization said.
The shortages often mean people who received one dose of Covid-19 vaccine have to wait too long before they can get their second jab.
Bruce Aylward, the WHO’s frontman for the international Covax scheme which provides vaccines to poorer countries, said, “We have a huge number of countries that have had to suspend their rollout of their second doses of vaccine.”
He added, “It’s over 30 or 40 countries that could have been targeted for second doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, for example, who will not be able to do that.”
The countries affected by this problem are spread throughout the Indian subcontinent, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, the WHO expert said.
Countries around India, like Nepal and Sri Lanka, have been “particularly hit hard” and face “a severe wave of disease.”