Re: “The COVID-19 vaccine rollout debacle: how did we get here?” (The Hill Times, April 19). Ramy Elitzur’s solution to the slow rollout of vaccines in Canada is that we should have been willing to pay more for each dose. This kind of vaccine nationalism would only have further limited the supply of vaccines available to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that cannot even match the prices that Canada is currently paying. At present, more than 800 million vaccine doses have been administered globally, with 83 per cent going to high-income or upper middle-income countries. Low-income countries have received just 0.2 per cent. The COVAX facility that is supposed to ensure vaccines for LMICs has only managed to distribute 40 million doses so far. Even if it works as planned, it will only provide enough vaccines for 20 per cent of the population in these countries and is an estimated $2-billion short of being able to do even that.
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