Despite the mistakes made during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is one thing that the world got right.
The vaccine rollout during the pandemic has been a historic win for humanity.
How has this vaccine rollout been a win?
The Center for Global Development (CGD) conducted a study. It found that the COVID-19 vaccination campaign “has been the most rapid in history.” The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines have outpaced other vaccination achievements like those for smallpox, measles, and polio.
Typically, global vaccination campaigns are targeted at children. For COVID-19, vaccination efforts have been aimed “at the entire global population.”
It has been successful, but not perfect
The impressive speed at which the COVID-19 vaccine has been rollout applies mostly to high and middle income countries.
It has been reported that 61.9% of the globe has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Only 10.6% of people in low-income countries have received the first dose.
The CGD reports that there have been other vaccines distributed faster in these low income countries. For some reason, they haven’t been able to achieve the same efficiency with the COVID-19 vaccine in those areas.
The COVID-19 vaccine has “highlight[ed] how inequities continue to leave the most marginalized populations of the world under-protected.”
Despite that, it is still a success now and for the future. If another pandemic arises in the future, humanity now knows how to distribute vaccines globally. This pandemic has set a standard.