A map detailing the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines internationally has sparked anger with some claiming it shows poorer countries are being left behind.
The map, created by The New York Times and shared to Twitter, shows the US ahead of most other countries in vaccinating its population, with about 41 doses administered per 100 people.
European countries are recording about 25 doses per 100 people.
However, it also shows many African countries and other developing nations falling behind with about 1.1 vaccinations per 100 people.
Andrew Stroehlein, European media director for Human Rights Watch, shared the map on Twitter claiming it shows “the current rollout is hugely uneven”.
“Rich governments are hogging scarce supplies. Eighty-three per cent of shots that have gone into arms worldwide have been administered in high and upper-middle-income countries,” he tweeted.
“Only 0.2 per cent in low-income countries.”
‘Vulnerable and disabled’
On Twitter, people expressed their frustrations with the vaccination programs worldwide and in their own countries.
“While I agree we should be supporting worldwide vaccines, Australia has not even come close to vaccinating all of our own people yet. Our government is failing all around, both nationally and globally,” one woman tweeted.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an October deadline for having the population vaccinated was being scrapped after issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
In response to the map one woman tweeted “shame, shame” on the US.
Another said it shows how “greedy” people are.
“It’s humiliating. Everyone is trying to pull sneaky under the table fast ones, while the global economy and local economies are vulnerable and disabled,” another man tweeted.
US, UK, EU pledge to help India
US President Joe Biden pledged to help India “in its time of need”.
The White House on Sunday said in a statement National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has spoken with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
India recorded more than 2700 deaths from coronavirus on Sunday alone with more than 340,000 new cases, which is a global record.
America will send resources to help India manufacture the Covishield vaccine along with therapeutics, rapid diagnostic test kits and ventilators.
Washington's announcement came after Britain, France and Germany pledged aid over the weekend.
The UK is sending more than 600 medical devices including oxygen concentrators and ventilators.
The equipment comes from Britain's surplus stock and the first shipment was due to arrive in New Delhi early on Tuesday, the British foreign ministry said.
"We stand side by side with India as a friend and partner during what is a deeply concerning time in the fight against Covid-19," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
"We will continue to work closely with the Indian government during this difficult time and I'm determined to make sure that the UK does everything it can to support the international community in the global fight against pandemic."
The European Union also pledged to help India, activating its EU Civil Protection Mechanism as it seeks to send oxygen and medicine after a request from Delhi.
"Alarmed by the epidemiological situation in India. We are ready to support," Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
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