As COVID-19 has spread across the world, one of the most valuable commodities has become oxygen, which is used to treat terribly ill people. There are consistent accounts, most recently in India, where oxygen has been depleted in some areas and this has caused deaths. Several countries have the most serious problems, which can get much worse.
According to the Guardian, “Dozens of countries are facing severe oxygen shortages due to the surge in Covid-19 cases, threatening ‘total collapse’ of health systems.” To locate the countries where this problem is most severe, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism examined data from the Every Breath Counts Coalition and non-governmental organizations PATH and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). He also looked at global vaccination rates. He revealed that 19 countries were facing extreme risks.
Experts from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism wrote:
As of this month, 19 countries around the world – including Argentina, Colombia, Iran, Nepal, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, Costa Rica and South Africa South – need more than 50,000 cubic meters per day for coronavirus patients. This need increased rapidly between mid-March and mid-May. In almost all of these countries, less than 1 in 10 people have received a dose of the vaccine.
The other countries on the list were Bangladesh, Jordan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.