COVID-19 vaccine inequality could cause 'deadly consequences,' experts warn

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(CNN) - Around 70% of the total coronavirus vaccine doses administered globally have been in the 50 wealthiest countries compared to only 0.1% administered in the 50 poorest countries, according to analysis by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The IFRC described the disparity as alarming and said it could result in “deadly and devasting” consequences, warning that if large areas across the globe remain unvaccinated, the virus will carry on circulating and mutating.

“This is alarming because it is unfair, and because it could prolong or even worsen this terrible pandemic,” Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the IFRC, said.

“We are all rowing the same boat. We cannot sacrifice those at highest risk in some countries so that those at lowest risk can be vaccinated in others,” he added.

In an effort to tackle the imbalance in vaccine distribution across the globe, the IFRC announced on Thursday a new 100 million Swiss franc ($110 million) plan that aims to support the immunization of 500 million people against COVID-19.

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