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COVID vaccines

World to have 12bn COVID vaccine doses by year-end, but redistribution key

G-7 holds big surpluses of shots while developing nations lack access, report says

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared for packaging at Pfizer's facility in Puurs, Belgium. (Pfizer via AP)

TOKYO -- COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers will have produced a total of more than 12 billion doses by the end of 2021, enough to cover the portion of the world's population needed for herd immunity, a report shows.

But rich countries are on track to surpass 1 billion excess doses in their stockpiles by year-end, while access to vaccines remains limited in developing nations, even as output is accelerating.

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