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Question: If more variants are bound to emerge

Scientists frequently warn that any delay in mass vaccination against COVID-19 increases the risk of the emergence of potentially more dangerous variants.

As of August 2021, data shows that 29.7% of the world’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 15.3% are fully vaccinated. With 4.4 billion doses administered globally and 40.04 million doses now being administered each day, according to Our World in Data, the distribution appears extensive. However, the challenge lies in the fact that only 1.1% of people in low-income countries have received at least one dose, creating a significant vulnerability for the virus to mutate. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) in the United Kingdom has reported that the virus is very likely to evolve into an even more dangerous form. This situation indicates that we are already lagging in our response as SARS-CoV-2 outpaces our efforts.

Question: Beyond the moral imperative, what are the pressing reasons for taking immediate action?





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