Covid vaccines: Why some countries will have to wait until 2022

How are Covid-19 vaccines being distributed across the world? As some countries start vaccinating their populations, others are being left behind. Millions of people in developing countries will have to wait until at least 2022 for the jab.

The World Health Organisation has warned that the world faces a ‘catastrophic moral failure’, adding the race to buy vaccines will only prolong the pandemic.

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healthcare: India likely to double health spending next fiscal year

NEW DELHI: India is likely to double health spending in the next fiscal year with the aim of raising expenditure in the sector to 4% of gross domestic output in the coming four years, two officials said, as the country looks to fix its health system after the coronavirus pandemic.

India will likely raise its health spending to Rs 1.2-1.3 lakh crore ($16.46-$17.83 billion) in the fiscal year starting April 1, from the current year’s projected spending of Rs 62,600 crore, the officials told Reuters.

The new healthcare plan is likely to be unveiled on Feb. 1 when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the country’s budget for 2020/21. The officials did not want to be named as the plan is not yet public.

Even after decades of high growth, the country’s spending on healthcare has been a meagre 1.3% of GDP, way below BRICS peers and developed countries.

The strain of India’s underfunded healthcare system was put in stark relief during the pandemic, with states forced to set-up makeshift COVID care centres and many hospitals struggling to meet the demand for beds and oxygen cylinders.

India has recorded over 10.6 million coronavirus cases, the second-highest in the world after

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