Despite G7 pledge, South Asian nations struggles for COVID-19 vaccines

Friday, June 18, 2021

/ by mansuralisaha

 The News Cover: but despite the g7's historic commitment several south Asian nations continue to scramble for vaccines. there is no clarity over the timeline of one billion vaccines to be donated by the g7 nation's experts say that announcement was too vague and lacks real planning as to how it's going to address the immediate needs of other nations and nations like Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh, are still finding it difficult to inoculate their citizens while they're confronting. the shortage of vaccines and outbreaks remember that these are the countries. which depended on vaccine donations by India and purchases from the serum institute of India, but as coronavirus cases rapidly began to rise in India. and it found itself reeling under the deadly third wave of infection the Indian government was forced to block those exports, this forced the serum institute to renege on bilateral agreements. 

and to commit to the who's vaccinated program let's look at what's been happening in Nepal, there the positivity rate in Nepal is high, and even in the small number of tests being conducted daily every one in three is coming back positive less than one percent of the population has been fully vaccinated. the new york times has stated that Nepal has received donations, from china for its cinepharm vaccine but it still needs AstraZeneca doses to vaccinate those who'd received it. the first jab nepal has requested the European union and separately Denmark to supply vaccines, including the AstraZeneca shots all eyes are now on the seven million vaccine donations. earmarked for Nepal out of the 25 million vaccine doses pledged by the biden administration Sri Lanka is also one of the South Asian nations scrambling for vaccines according to the new york times it has asked japan, for hundred thousand AstraZeneca doses, with japan giving the country a green light, for the same amount aside from this Sri Lanka is dependent on china's donation of cine farm doses and purchase shots of sputnik v from Russia. 

let's now look at Bangladesh, where infections and deaths due. to the second wave of covid continue to rise according to the new york times the country is relying on its u.s diaspora to raise pressure on the Biden administration for help in obtaining AstraZeneca shots they're currently short of about one and a half million doses, for administering the second vaccine it's already using the 1.1 million doses of silicon vaccine donated by China. and it's trying to get more and along with this Bangladesh has laid down a strategy of negotiating bulk buys of Russia's sputnik v vaccine only about 4.2 million of Bangladesh's 168 million people population have so far fully been vaccinated.

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