In 2020 a crisis on a scale not seen since World War Two swept the globe and changed all of our lives forever. But the Covid-19 pandemic also sparked a vast, international race to produce a vaccine that could lead the world to safety. Now comes the not-so-small challenge of distributing it to 7.9 billion people.
Welcome to Vaccine For The World, a new multimedia project brought to you by the Evening Standard. Over the next year, we’ll be bringing you all the latest on the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds in real time.
This will include deep dives exploring the vaccine rollout in six African countries, highlighting the biggest challenges and potential solutions, but we’ll also examine the role of London’s scientists and innovators in getting the vaccine into billions of arms. Because no-one is safe until everyone is safe.
But what does the vaccine effort look like around the world so far? From snow-topped Turkish mountains to the deepest Amazon, here is the Covid-19 fightback in pictures.
Guarani indigenous chief Jurema Nunes, 39, receives vaccination shot from Nurse Rosane das Neves in Marica, Brazil. Rosane das Neves works at the village medical unit and received her vaccine dose in front of the indigenous to improve confidence.
Olga D’arc Pimentel, 72, is vaccinated by a health worker with a dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on the banks of the Rio Negro near Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil.
A health worker holds up a syringe with a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center on Cangulo square, Rio de Janeiro state.
Public health nurse Lucia Maria Sousa administers a COVID-19 vaccination dose to William Guimaraes as his granddaughter looks on inside his home in the Rocinha favela community in Rio de Janeiro. Sousa and other members of her team at a Rocinha health post sometimes make rounds on foot in the community to care for homebound residents.
A woman waits to get a vaccine at a health centre in New Delhi.
Frontline workers wait to get inoculated at a mass vaccination camp in Chennai.
A health worker prepares to inoculate a man with a dose of the Covishield vaccine during a special vaccination drive at a government school in Hyderabad.
A health worker prepares to inoculate a labourer with a first dose of Covishield vaccine in a passenger bus converted into a mobile vaccination centre at a wholesale market in Kolkata.
Doctor Akay Kaya (right) and nurse Yildiz Ayten from the Bahcesaray public hospital, arrive in the remote village of Guneyyamac in eastern Turkey to vaccinate residents aged 65 or over with the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine. Turkey’s population of more than 83 million is spread out across Europe and Asia and covers some seemingly impregnable terrain.
The vaccination effort with China’s CoronaVac jab kicked off with a bang in mid-January when Turkey innoculated more than a one million people in the first week. But it slowed down considerably when doctors left the big cities and tried to reach mountain places such as Imamli and Ozbeyli, two ethnically Kurdish hamlets of a few hundred herders and farmers each.
In this aerial photograph taken with a drone, members of the Gevas Public Health Center vaccination team walk back to their vehicle through the snow after a house call to administer the Chinese Sinovac Coronavac vaccine to a resident of Kayalar village.
A health worker receives a dose of the vaccine in Dakar.
A university teacher takes a selfie as she is vaccinated at the Sports Centre of the University of Seville.
A group of people wait at the under-observation area after being vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Donostia Arena former bullring in San Sebastian.
A healthcare worker prepares to administer Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at a sports arena in Manila, Philippines.
An elderly woman poses for a picture after being administered with the AstraZeneca vaccine at a sports arena in Manila.
A health worker gives the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine to a Chinese national living in Sri Lanka, at the Colombo Port City project premises. This was after local health authorities cleared the use of the Chinese-made jab only for Chinese nationals resident on the island.
People stand in a queue as they wait to get a dose of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine in Colombo.
One hundred year-old Ellen Prosser, known as Nell, receives the AstraZeneca vaccine from Dr Nikki Kanani at the Sunrise Care Home in Sidcup.
A nurse draws up a vaccine at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire.
Buddhist monks are injected with the Sinovac vaccine at the Priest Hospital in Bangkok.
Healthcare workers monitor newly vaccinated Thai people for adverse reactions at the Bang Khae Market in Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok’s Metropolitan Administration (BMA) started its mass COVID-19 vaccination program at the Bang Khae Market after hundreds of district residents tested positive for the coronavirus.
A prisoner receives a dose of the AstraZeneca jab during a vaccination campaign at the El-Arjate prison near the capital Rabat. Morocco has vaccinated nearly 4,000 inmates as part of a campaign launched in March to inoculate the incarcerated population against coronavirus.
In an aerial view, some of the hundreds of people without appointments stand in line outside the mass coronavirus vaccination site at Hagerstown Premium Outlets in Hagerstown, Maryland.