For close to a year, the world has been grappling with the coronavirus pandemic. This pandemic has led to millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths all over the world. In addition, this global pandemic has also contributed to economic disasters all over the world. Now, there is news that vaccines have been developed and are being rolled out. It is important for everyone to take a closer look at these vaccines, what they look like, and how they are going to be distributed all over the world. Are countries doing everything they can to prioritize the vaccine?
Vaccine Deliveries Do Not Equate To Vaccines Administered
A lot of people thought that once we had a vaccine, everything will go back to normal. There is a major difference between developing a vaccine and getting everyone vaccinated. It is just as big of a challenge to handle the logistics of administering vaccines as it is to handle the research and development behind generating one.
Furthermore, there is another major hurdle that many countries are ignoring. Even though a lot of countries are thinking carefully about how they are going to distribute vaccines to their various cities, towns, and provinces, a lot of communities are not thinking about how they are going to safely administer vaccinations. Even though vaccines are getting where they need to go efficiently, they are not necessarily being administered efficiently. The longer it takes for people to get vaccinated, the longer it will be before the world can go back to normal.
Not Every Country Is Prioritizing the Vaccine
It is interesting to take a closer look at how large or countries are handling vaccination efforts. For example, Canada is not prioritizing the vaccine as much as it should. One of the largest countries in the world, they have not administered their vaccinations as quickly as circumstances warrant. Furthermore, there’s also news that Toronto, the largest province in Canada, even closed the majority of its vaccination centers during the holidays. Even though it is true that people want to spend time with their friends and family during the holidays, the only way they are going to be able to do so safely is if they take all health measures into consideration. This includes getting vaccinated.
In contrast, Israel, which is a much smaller country, is administering vaccines constantly. When it comes to Israel, everyone is contributing. With vaccine centers open 12 hours per day, a lot of cities even have vaccination centers that are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The goal is to vaccinate people as quickly as possible. The sooner everyone gets vaccinated, the sooner hospitals will have open beds once again. Furthermore, this can save countless lives.
Distributing Vaccines to Underprivileged Parts of the World
Finally, a lot of people are very concerned that underprivileged parts of the world are being totally neglected when it comes to the coronavirus vaccine. Even though it is true that the developed world has to paid to develop these vaccines and they are trying to distribute the vaccine to people in their backyard first, it is just as important to help those in need.
In order to truly eliminate this pandemic, it is important to eliminate all reservoirs of it. This includes third world countries. It is important for healthcare organizations to think about how they are going to get the vaccine to those who need it most. This includes people who live in parts of the world that are not as developed as North America, Europe, and Asia.