Covid vaccine coverage in India likely to remain under 35% by 2021-end: IMF

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New Delhi : A recent report penned by International Monetary Fund (IMF) economist Ruchir Agarwal and IMF’s Chief Economist Gita Gopinath proposed a $50 billion plan to end the Covid-19 pandemic, with a target of vaccinating at least 40 percent of the world’s population by the end of 2021.

IMF noted that as it has warned, economic recoveries are diverging dangerously. “The disparities will widen further between wealthy countries that have widespread access to vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics, and poorer countries still struggling to inoculate frontline healthcare workers”, it said.

As of the end of April 2021, less than two percent of Africa’s population had been vaccinated. By contrast, over 40 percent of the population in the United States and over 20 percent in Europe had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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