Patients around the world have received about 780 million doses of coronavirus vaccine. This was reported to TASS on April 18 by the WHO representative in the Russian Federation, Melita Vuinovich.
She noted that significant progress in this area has been achieved in 194 countries and territories out of 220. However, there is still an imbalance in the global distribution of vaccines.
According to WHO, more than 87 percent of vaccinations were given in high- and upper-middle-income countries, while low-income countries received only 0.2 percent of doses.
It was the unfair distribution of vaccines between countries that Melita Vujnovic called one of the reasons for the worsening situation with coronavirus in the world. According to the WHO, for seven weeks in a row, the planet has seen an increase in the number of infections and within four weeks – an increase in the number of deaths.
Among the reasons, experts call the emergence of variants of the virus and the abolition of restrictive measures.
In this regard, WHO was encouraged to pay great attention to risk assessment and safety measures for international travel.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 140.8 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the world, over 3 million have died. In Russia, according to the headquarters for the fight against a new infection, to date, 4,702,101 cases of infection have been recorded, 105,582 – with a lethal outcome, 4,326,780 people have recovered.
Earlier it was reported the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus in Hong Kong.