Poor countries face long wait for vaccines despite promises

NEW DELHI (AP) — With Americans, Britons and Canadians rolling up their sleeves to receive coronavirus vaccines, the route out of the pandemic now seems clear to many in the West, even if the rollout will take many months. But for poorer countries, the road will be far longer and rougher. An ambitious initiative known as COVAX was created to ensure the entire world has access to COVID-19 vaccines. But it has secured only a fraction of the 2 billion doses it hopes to buy over the next year, has yet to confirm any actual deals to ship out vaccines and is short on cash. The virus has exposed vast inequities between countries. Now some experts say the chances that coronavirus shots will be shared fairly between rich nations and the rest are fading fast.