COVID-19 Vaccines for the low-income Countries; challenges and the way forward

Authors

  • Purushottam Adhikari Department of Neuropsychiatry, Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7764-8505
  • Sangeeta Poudel Department of Emergency, Banepa Hospital
  • Asmita Itani Department of Emergency, GP Koirala National Centre for Respiratory Diseases
  • Swotantra Gautam Department of Emergency, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
  • Saroj Adhkari Yadav Department of Emergency, Patan Academy of Health Sciences

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jgmcn.v14i1.38081

Keywords:

COVID-19 vaccines, low income countries, public health, pandemic, SARS-CoV2, vaccine hesitancy

Abstract

The vaccine rollout has started for the health workers as well as common people all around the world. The production has been going on rapidly, but the poor and low income countries are still lagging behind to get in the vaccine race and have their people vaccinated. A group of several international non-governmental organizations have warned about 90% of people in 67 low-income countries to have a low chance of being vaccinated in 2021 due to more than a necessary number of vaccines reserved by developed countries. COVAX program, co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, along with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has raised rays of hope but it’s still long way to go. Vaccine hesitancy among the public, logistics and storage difficulty and emergence of new variants has emerged as potential challenges for COVID-19 vaccination in developing countries.

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Published

2021-07-03

How to Cite

Adhikari, P., Poudel, S., Itani, A., Gautam, S., & Yadav, S. A. (2021). COVID-19 Vaccines for the low-income Countries; challenges and the way forward. Journal of Gandaki Medical College-Nepal, 14(1), 78–80. https://doi.org/10.3126/jgmcn.v14i1.38081

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