Coronavirus vaccinations roll out around the World

After a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, billions of people are breathing a sigh of relief as vaccine programs are rolled out around the world. While the pandemic is, sadly, still on-going, the approval of numerous vaccines does offer a shred of light at the end of the tunnel.

Vaccines to combat coronavirus

To date, approval or emergency use authorization has been given in a high number of regions, including the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Despite this, many countries have yet to authorize the use of a vaccine. Although approval processes are underway in virtually all regions, concern over availability and accessibility of the vaccines is fueling concern.

Some less wealthy countries in Africa are reliant on the World Health’s Organization COVAX program, for example, but lack of funding could mean that citizens won’t receive a vaccine for a considerable period of time, even if approval is granted.

Which Countries Have Access to Vaccines?

Research teams and scientists from all around the world have worked tirelessly to develop safe, effective vaccines for COVID-19. Once created, however, it’s up to the company that owns the patent as to who their vaccines are sold to. Unsurprisingly, it’s the richest nations that have been available to purchase a large number of doses.

The EU, North America, and the UK have purchased around 43% of vaccines, for example. In contrast, the COVAX program, which aims to ensure every country has access to a vaccine, accounts for 9.7% of vaccine purchases.

However, it’s highly likely that additional vaccines will become available, and this could happen relatively quickly. With more vaccines currently being developed and existing production reaching 2 million doses per week for some vaccines, manufacturers are attempting to meet demand as quickly as possible.

Who Can Receive a Vaccine?

Due to the limited supplies, not everyone will be able to receive a vaccine straight away. In a bid to protect the most vulnerable and stop the spread of the virus, governments with access to vaccines are implementing a priority group system to determine who should receive the vaccine first.

In the UK, for example, adult care home residents are in the first priority group, followed by people over the age of 80 and frontline health and social care workers. Similarly, in the U.S., healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents are in the first priority group, followed by frontline essential workers and people over the age of 75.

In most regions, children and young teens are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine yet. Due to the increased risk to older people and those with underlying medical conditions, testing and roll out programs have been focused on this demographic of the population. However, further research and testing is being undertaken to ensure that children can be offered a vaccine in the future.

Who Will Administer the Vaccines?

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is set to be the biggest mass vaccination program ever, which means millions of healthcare workers and volunteers will be required to ensure everyone can receive the vaccine. Practicing physicians, nurses and medics will be assigned to local vaccination programs to ensure the vaccine can be administered to individuals swiftly. In addition to this, many retired medics are offering their services and volunteers are being clinically trained so that vaccine programs can get underway.

What’s the Impact on the Healthcare Industry?

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been one of the toughest years in recent history for the healthcare industry. Many countries were unprepared for the impact that COVID-19 has had, which meant a lack of facilities and resources left healthcare workers scrambling to deliver urgent care. While the physical and emotional toll on medics remains to be seen, it is likely that the ferocity of the pandemic, combined with a lack of resources, will have a long-term effect on those who have borne the brunt of it.

Despite this, the on-going health crisis has shone a new light on the global healthcare industry and even inspired swathes of people to pursue a career in the health and social care sectors. With many people set to begin medical careers, demand for training and degree programs is set to soar.

However, it isn’t just non-medics who have been inspired to use their skills, knowledge and talents to enhance the healthcare community. Practicing medical professionals are also re-committing to the cause and enhancing their skills with advanced qualifications, like online Nurse Anesthetist courses, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner training and online Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs via distance learning. 

Can You Decline a Vaccine?

In countries where the vaccine is available, individuals have the option to accept or decline when they are invited to have the COVID-19 vaccine. However, given the risks associated with the virus, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or physician if you’re worried about being vaccinated. Although the COVID-19 vaccine has been developed relatively quickly, it has been created in accordance with well-established safety frameworks.

When Will the Global Population Be Vaccinated?

Even though an increasing number of vaccines are in the process of being approved, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a vaccine will be widely available any time soon. In fact, it could take years for the entire global population to have access to a vaccine.

In addition to producing the vaccine itself, manufacturers need to ensure other elements of the supply chain, such as glass vials and cooling facilities, are available in high numbers. Furthermore, governments need to ensure they have enough healthcare personnel to administer vaccines in high numbers.

For less wealthy countries, these issues will be secondary to funding access to the vaccine itself. While programs like COVAX will help to ensure everyone in the world has access to a vaccine, it remains probable that wealthier countries will secure access to vaccines more quickly.

As approvals continue to be given and production continues to increase, however, the availability of vaccines should increase significantly in 2021 and, as a result, the largest global mass vaccination program in history can begin in earnest.

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15 days ago

this is a useless article. It is simply reciting what is happening globally, without addressing the real issue for Malawi. When will Malawi get the vaccine? What is being done to procure? What are plans to issue based on what is expected to be received? Will teh country follow what others are doing, vaccinating 80 years and up first – how many Malawians are over 80 or even 75! I suspect there may be no such plans to procure the vaccines, the country is just waiting for WHO to provide perhaps. What are procedures being put in place as to… Read more »

ERUTU
ERUTU
19 days ago

💉❌🇲🇼

Melvin
Melvin
19 days ago

No,No,No Africa, You don’t need vaccines, especially the ones coming in the name of Covid 19. Please do not be deceived or tricked, this is a start of the most evil plan the world has never seen. Please, please, please Africa, l beg you in the name of Chauta Namalenga, u NkuluNkulu, u Thixho, and all the names we call the Most High God in our numerous African languages, NOT TO ACCEPT THE VACCINES. I also call upon all the spirits of our ancestors, some who got enslaved, some whose land and property was forcefully looted and were dispersed or… Read more »

achalume
achalume
19 days ago
Reply to  Melvin

Amen

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba
Reply to  Melvin

Very stupid guy Melvin. Why can you not make a vaccine for us? Has Africa ever made a vaccine? Do you see polio? Do you see small pox? It is not there because of the vaccines the same guys in Europe and USA made. All you know is making noise without any scientific back up. Chilichose timadikira mzungu ife wanthu ndi ulesi and kuberakana like ngumbi.

Melvin
Melvin
19 days ago

Well, you may call me imbecile or any other names, but soon or later you will realise and come to agree with all that l have said. I forgive you, as you lack knowledge, and possibly you just need to open your eyes wider, after praying for wisdom from God Almighty. The devil is very desperate now, and is lurking around like a hungry and an angry lion, as he knows the time is up, and would want to reap as many souls as possible. Enanu mudzamva chinkhwangwa chili mmutu, and will be happily receive the mark of the devil… Read more »

Last edited 19 days ago by Melvin
Wiseup
Wiseup
18 days ago

In those days doctors were ethical and had integrity and bill demon gates was no where close to medics or he busy with computers. Please research and find out if he has any medicine certificate, and yet here he is working on vaxxing the entire world? Also be informed that when Africa comed up with theirs, those your bosses will not approve it. Anthu anapeza kalekale mankhwala a Aids ku Africa kuno koma it is never approved by the WHI because they do not want us to be healed. Even our government, I remember there was a time someone came… Read more »

National Ceo
National Ceo
19 days ago
Reply to  Melvin

Do you really know more about 666? You need more lectures on the book of Daniel and Revelations.

Wiseup
Wiseup
19 days ago
Reply to  Melvin

Well said. He who has an ear to hear should hear. And those who are perpetrating this evil agenda have their day. Akuti “billions of people are breathing a sigh of relief as vaccines are rolled out …….” Who are these people and where are they? It appears simple but the Almighty God is watching them. They are perpetuating a lie for money so that they get uninformed people to get this poison and die horrible deaths. Their day is coming and they should be warned. Their plan will not prevail anyways. We will go through the fire yes but… Read more »

Last edited 19 days ago by Wiseup
Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
19 days ago
Reply to  Melvin

When did you ever produce vaccines in Africa? How many vaccinations have you had in your life (lives). Why didn’t you refuse them?
Dzingodikirani kukapemphetsa kwa azungu as you always do a namasikini inu.

Last edited 19 days ago by Mangochi Kabwafu
Namulondola Njira
19 days ago

Ignorance is the greatest problem we have with many backward thinking folks. You are right Mangochi, has Malawi produced any vaccine. We are still using vaccine developed by other countries. Even our great grands were wise because when polio , rubella, chickenpox vaccines were introduced, they encouraged us to go receive. But the myopic generation we have now thinks they know more. The same ignorant caused Africa to suffer much from hiv. Very soon you will cry for this vaccine, anyway, the bad thing is the govt cannot afford,, but soon and very soon, people will cry for this vaccine.

Wiseup
Wiseup
18 days ago

You do realise that the HIV you are talking about was introduced to Africans through the same vaccines in a bid to reduce Africa population. You do realise that Ebola came through vaccines all from white man. You do realise that bill gates was and still is banned from visiting India because his polio vaccine resulted in some children dying and others becoming crippled for life. In Malawi we do not follow up after vaccines and I believe we should have such cases but not documented. You do realise that these animals introduced zika virus in Brazil through genetically modified… Read more »

Melvin
Melvin
19 days ago

Mate, l have not produced any vaccines because they are rubbish. Are you not the same people who got vaccinated against diarrhea a few years ago? Koma zowona inu kumawononga ndalama chifukwa cha bodza from pharmaceutical companies in the name Amen f katemera wa kamwazi? The only element which has been killing African people is the trusting characteristics towards white people. Africans in Africa mainly, tends to easily accept everything that comes from mkamwa mwa mzungu. Little did you know that white people are our greatest enemies, and ain’t on our side. So to.continue answering your question, even if l… Read more »

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