An analysis by the People's Vaccine Alliance showed that between November 11 and December 21, 2021, the E.U., U.K., and U.S.A. acquired more coronavirus vaccine doses in a six-week period before Christmas than the entire continent of Africa received in all of 2021.
They secured 513 million vaccine doses as they accelerated their booster-shot campaigns in preparation for the holiday season. African countries, meanwhile, got just 500 million vaccine doses throughout the entire year.
"Make no mistake: rich country governments are to blame for the uncertainty and fear that is once again clouding Christmas," Anna Marriott, health policy manager at Oxfam International, said in a statement. "By blocking the real solutions to vaccine access in poorer countries, they are prolonging the pandemic and all its suffering for every one of us."