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Vaccine Shortages Hit Global Supply Program, Halting Rollouts

Lower-income countries are running out of shots distributed through the Covax campaign

Workers load a shipment of Covid-19 vaccines into a truck after they arrived by plane in Antananarivo, Madagascar on May 8. 

Workers load a shipment of Covid-19 vaccines into a truck after they arrived by plane in Antananarivo, Madagascar on May 8. 

Photographer: Mamyrael/AFP/Getty Images

A string of nations across Africa and Asia have run out of Covid-19 vaccines or are on the brink of doing so, months after receiving first shipments from a global program meant to equitably distribute the lifesaving shots.

When the supplies arrived in developing countries earlier this year through the Covax effort, they were seen as an important step in narrowing a glaring gap in access. Today, many of those same countries are facing vaccine shortages and are unsure when they will receive donations from wealthy countries.