WHO: 95% of vaccines given around world are in 10 countries, including Israel

The World Health Organization’s European branch says 95 percent of vaccine doses so far administered worldwide were limited to 10 countries and called for a more equitable distribution.

In terms of total doses the top countries are the US, China, the UK, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Russia, Germany, Spain and Canada.

“Collectively, we simply cannot afford to leave any country, any community behind,” WHO’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, says at an online press conference.

Kluge says the WHO was working to get the vaccine to every country but “it needs every country capable of contributing, donating and supporting equitable access and deployment of the vaccines to do so.”

Israelis wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, at a vaccination center operated by the Tel Aviv Municipality with Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov), at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, December 31, 2020. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

According to website Our World in Data, over 32 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered so far. Israel is far ahead of any other country, having vaccinated over 23% of its population.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.