Nearly 15 million more people died during the pandemic than would have in normal times, the WHO has said, a staggering measure of COVID-19’s true toll.
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There is a growing sense of resignation among public health experts that high COVID-19 vaccination coverage may never be achieved in most lower-income countries.
More than one-third of an additional 9 million deaths are estimated to have occurred in India, but the country is not alone in undercounting the pandemic's toll.
The urgency and strong pull from high-income nations has raised new questions about the ethics of recruitment from countries with weak health systems during a pandemic.
They do seem to offer significant protection against severe illness, but the consequences of rapidly spreading infection worry many public health experts.