Nov 3, 2021 - Health

The persisting maldistribution of COVID-19 vaccines

A woman receives a vaccine in her arm.
A woman in Bangladesh gets the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Photo: Piyas Biswas/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Shot: "Rich countries have given out more boosters in three months than poor countries have given total doses all year," the Financial Times reports.

Chaser: "Most of the negotiations for doses in the next year are coming from high-income countries and some middle-income countries," Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on an earnings call yesterday.

  • "I think we are producing enough. But for the low- and middle-income countries to receive ... a very severely discounted price ... they need to place orders ... The low- and middle-income countries will be behind in deliveries because they didn't place their orders."
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