Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Data Shows the U.S. Is the World’s Largest COVID Vaccine Donor — Way Ahead of China

Data Shows the U.S. Is the World’s Largest COVID Vaccine Donor — Way Ahead of China

The U.S. is the largest donor of Covid-19 vaccines globally — way ahead of other major economies such as China, Japan and the U.K., according to public data compiled by UNICEF.

UNICEF is a United Nations agency responsible for the protection and development of children. It also manages Covid vaccine supply for the COVAX initiative, which aims to share doses with lower-income countries.

The agency consolidated data on donated Covid vaccines from publicly available information, which may not show the full extent of donations globally.

Still, the data provided a glimpse of vaccine donation flows as rich countries power ahead in their vaccination drives, while many developing nations struggle to inoculate their populations.

Donations fall short

The U.S. has donated and delivered more than 114 million doses of Covid vaccines to around 80 mostly developing nations across Asia, Africa and Latin America, the data showed. That’s more than three times the 34 million that China has donated, according to the data.

China is the world’s second-largest donor of Covid vaccines, while Japan came in third with around 23.3 million, data compiled by UNICEF showed.

Asian countries are among the top recipients of Covid vaccine donations, with Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan having received more than 10 million donated doses each, the data showed.

Overall, more than 207 million doses of donated Covid vaccines — bilaterally or through COVAX — have been delivered, the data showed. That falls short of the number of doses recommended by an independent panel set up by the World Health Organization.