Apr 28, 2021 - World

In photos: COVID vaccinations around the world

 A health worker inoculates a man with the dose of Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus at a health post near Lukla on April 23

A man is innoculated against COVID-19 at a health care post near Lukla, northeastern Nepal, April 23. UNICEF health officials say they've traveled for up to five days by air, road and with the help of "porters on foot," crossing mountains and rivers in regions including the Himalayas to deliver doses. Photo: Prakash Mathema/AFP via Getty Images

Officials are stepping up efforts to reach some of the world's most remote regions in a global vaccination drive, as the world crosses 1 billion total COVID-19 vaccines administered.

The big picture: Most doses have gone to rich countries so far, but President Biden's pledge to soon export 60 million doses could be a global game-changer. The WHO is pushing to increase trust and investment in vaccines during World Immunization Week, which runs until Friday, with the message that "vaccines bring us closer."

People queue up to receive a dose of a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination centre in Mumbai on April 27
A vaccination center in Mumbai, India, April 27. The U.S. and other nations have been sending supplies to India as it faces a record COVID surge. India was exporting most of the doses it produced before the spike, but is now focusing on a domestic drive. Photo: Punit Paranjpe/AFP via Getty Images
 A man is being inoculated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in Moku, Para State, Brazil, on April 17
A man being inoculated against the coronavirus in Moku, Brazil, on April 17. The country's Senate launched an investigation on April 27 into the government's handling of the pandemic — a move that could bring political consequences for President Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Joao Paulo Guimaraes/AFP via Getty Images
A child sits as members of the army patrol the streets of Antananarivo ordering citizens to go home as the Malagasy authorities declared a total weekend lockdown in the capital on April 24
Patrolling soldiers pass a masked child in Antananarivo, Madagascar, during a weekend lockdown April 24 — a day after the government said the nation was due to receive a first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, as the health care system struggles with a second wave. Photo: Rijasolo/AFP via Getty Images
An elderly woman is vaccinated against Covid-19 on the Elafonissos Island, on April 23
An elderly woman unable to travel to the nearest health center is vaccinated against COVID-19 at home on Elafonissos Island April 23. The southern Greek island is declaring itself COVID-free ahead of the opening of the tourist season on May 14. The island's mayor told AFP on April 27 that 70% of the island's residents should have received doses by then. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images
COVID-19 vaccines are unloaded from an Ethiopian aircraft at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Botswana, on March 27
COVID-19 vaccines are unloaded at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Botswana, on March 27. Government officials said on April 26 the 2 million doses they've acquired is enough to inoculate the country's entire adult population, per Voice of America. Photo: Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua via Getty Images
A Wixarica indigenous woman is inoculated against COVID-19 at the vaccination center installed in the town of Nuevo Colonia, in Mezquitic, Jalisco state, Mexico, on April 16
A Wixárika indigenous woman is inoculated against the coronavirus at a vaccination center in Nuevo Colonia in Mezquitic, Mexico, April 16. She and others from her region walked for up to four hours from their communities to receive doses. Photo: Ulises Ruiz/AFP via Getty Images
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