Filipinos register for COVID-19 vaccines at a cinema-turned-vaccination site in Manila, Philippines, June 2021 
Eloisa Lopez / Reuters

Since the United States began COVID-19 immunizations in December, more than 297 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide. As of this writing, 41 percent of U.S. residents are fully vaccinated and returning mask free to businesses, bars, and ballparks. They’re not alone: in a handful of wealthier countries with high vaccination rates, including the United Kingdom (39 percent), Israel (57 percent), and the United Arab Emirates (63 percent), life is steadily returning to normal.

But vast swaths of the world remain unvaccinated, and the emergence of dangerous new coronavirus strains has exposed dramatic inequities in global access to vaccines. In India, where

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