The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to the heightened significance of vaccine diplomacy.
But the rising demand for coronavirus inoculations has cultivated an era of good feelings between vaccine-producing countries and those in need. This unique relationship has induced some countries to use vaccines as a means to expand international reach throughout the global south.
According to The New York Times, approximately 953 million vaccinations have been administered globally, equaling 12 doses for every 100 people.
Inoculation rates, however, vary significantly between continents.
In North America, the vaccination rate is measured at roughly 42 doses administered per 100 people — the highest in the world. Thereafter, Europe’s rate is 25; South America’s rate is 15; Asia’s rate is 9.4; Oceania’s rate is 4.5; and, finally, Africa’s rate is 1.1.