Photo by Megan Janetsky for USA Today
Photo by Megan Janetsky for USA Today

While images of people lined up for long-awaited COVID-19 vaccinations spurred hope in millions across the globe, they stirred up something else in Dr. Juan Jose Velez: frustration.

Velez runs the coronavirus ward in one of the biggest public hospitals in Colombia, a country with one of the highest death rates and positivity rates in the world.

While more than 152 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, with roughly a third of those in the U.S., according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker, Colombia is among a number of lower- to middle-income countries that still had not administered a single dose by mid-February.

“I think the greatest thing this has shown us is the lack of solidarity …. the fact that lots of countries have started vaccinating, while many poorer countries haven’t even started,” Velez said.
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