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Rich Asians Jump Booster Shot Queue Amid Vaccine Shortages

  • Rush for added immunity in Southeast Asia as cases hit records
  • Many nations still lag behind vaccine targets amid shortages
Members of the public make their way to a Covid-19 vaccination site in Marikina City, Manila, the Philippines, earlier in August.
Members of the public make their way to a Covid-19 vaccination site in Marikina City, Manila, the Philippines, earlier in August.Photographer: Veejay Villafranca/Bloomberg
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In some of Asia’s Covid-19 hotspots, powerful and wealthier citizens are nabbing booster shots even as most people remain unvaccinated, undermining the inoculation strategies of nations struggling with the highly infectious delta variant.

The growing trend in countries like Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines is worsening inequities at a time when they are grappling with vaccine shortages.