India’s COVID-19 Crisis Impacts COVAX Vaccine Delivery Target

Mumbai and Gujarat suspend vaccination drives due to tropical cyclone Tauktae.

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis in India is beginning to impact the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) program, due to a shortage of doses from the Serum Institute of India. The Institute is the world’s largest vaccine producer and has had a soaring demand for its shots due to the domestic situation where cases of the disease are increasing. The Institute was supposed to deliver 140 million doses to COVAX under an agreement, but will not be able to meet it. In addition, UNICEF also stated that another 50 million doses are likely to be missed in June.

In Kenya, the vaccine campaign that began in March which prioritized frontline and essential workers has only administered shots to 2% of its total population. The country was promised 3.6 million doses of AstraZeneca by May from COVAX, but have only received just over 1 million of them. This has caused delays in second dose administration and physicians are now worried it that the shortage will cost lives.

Lastly, Matt Hancock, the United Kingdom’s health secretary, has stated that early data suggests COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the variant first discovered in India. The variant, B.1.617.2 has been spreading in some parts of the UK, including England, Scotland and Wales.

China

406.94 million

28.27 per 100

United States

273.55 million

81.79 per 100

India

182.25 million

13.21 per 100

United Kingdom

56.68 million

83.49 per 100

Brazil

52.77 million

24.83 per 100

Germany

39.41 million

47.04 per 100

France

28.92 million

42.81 per 100

Italy

27.42 million

45.34 per 100

Russia

23.97 million

16.43 per 100

Indonesia

22.72 million

8.31 per 100

Data Table per Our World in Data (May 17, 2021, 12 AM EST)


In the United States, cases of COVID-19 in the northeast of the country are dropping significantly. States like New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are seeing steady declines in case numbers after having some of the highest during the winter. Many experts and officials are crediting this to high vaccination rates of the region.

California

35,114,882

88.87 per 100

Texas

21,179,788

73.04 per 100

New York

17,928,006

92.15 per 100

Florida

17,328,800

80.68 per 100

Pennsylvania

11,557,842

90.28 per 100

Illinois

10,704,700

84.47 per 100

Ohio

9,291,793

79.49 per 100

New Jersey

8,358,727

94.10 per 100

Michigan

8,073,206

80.83 per 100

North Carolina

7,736,850

73.76 per 100

Data Table per CDC COVID-19 Tracker (May 17, 2021, 6 AM EST)

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