The number of vaccine-related deaths worldwide has reached record highs in the past few years, and the number of people who die from an unvaccinated outbreak in the United States has reached its highest level in nearly 20 years.
This has led some analysts to call for a global moratorium on all vaccines.
However, a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that most of the world’s major countries have been doing pretty well with the vaccines they have.
As of last year, more than 4.7 billion people had received a dose of at least one vaccine, according to the report, which analyzed data from more than 7,600 countries.
While the overall global death toll from infectious diseases fell slightly in 2016, the number is still higher than at any time since 2000, when the outbreak in Nepal triggered a pandemic.
And, while it is unclear whether the new WHO data reflects the true toll from the Nepal outbreak, it is an encouraging sign that most countries have had success with their vaccine programs.
The United States saw the greatest rise in vaccine coverage during the pandemic, with more than 30 percent of the population vaccinated in the first four months of the year.
By the end of March, more Americans had received the full complement of vaccines than during the entire pandemic in 2007, according the report.
The country with the second-highest vaccine coverage rate was India, with almost 80 percent of people vaccinated in 2015.
China followed closely behind with nearly 82 percent of its population vaccinated, and Mexico came in third with an estimated 89 percent.
Overall, the United Kingdom ranked sixth, with a vaccine coverage of around 75 percent.
While countries such as France, Italy and the United Arab Emirates have also seen substantial increases in vaccine access, the report shows that the vast majority of countries that haven’t seen an uptick in vaccine rates are still relatively well-off, with the average life expectancy of those in the bottom 20 percent of income groups in the world, the WHO report said.
The WHO’s report also showed that the number and rate of deaths from infectious disease in some of the countries studied fell during the 2016 pandemic by nearly 30 percent.
It’s important to note that while the number has been dropping, deaths from the pandemics have been increasing.
This is because vaccines are making their way to people in the developing world, where the virus is still spreading, WHO said.
“Despite these improvements, it’s still possible that the global pandemic has created new barriers to accessing vaccines for people in low- and middle-income countries,” the report said, “such as low-income access to vaccines, low vaccination coverage, and limited access to safe and effective vaccines.”