WHO: Kovax expects to receive 250 million doses in six to eight weeks

The Covax system expects to receive 250 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, provided by donors, over the next six to eight weeks to help poor countries, the World Organization for Health (WHO) said on Wednesday.

Covax, which allows those states or territories to receive free vaccines by more affluent countries, has so far distributed 152 million doses to 137 of them.

In its weekly operational report made public on Wednesday, the WHO emphasized during a recent meeting of the UN crisis management team that “more vaccines will be donated to the COVAX system, making 250 million more vaccines available over the next six months.” eight weeks.”

Serum Institute in India, a major producer of AstraZeneca vaccines, was initially intended to play a major role in the distribution of vaccines under the Kovax system, but due to the outbreak of the pandemic in that country, New Delhi has banned their export. . Combat the spread of Covid-19 in the Indian Territory.

Thus Covax is increasingly dependent on vaccine donations by the richest countries, who have bought more doses than they need.

Vaccine Alliance (Gawi) leader Seth Berkeley said, “Global demand for vaccines far exceeds supply, leaving millions of[people]most vulnerable, while increasing vaccine coverage around the world is the best shield for us.” Is.”

The Vaccine Alliance, along with WHO and the Coalition for Innovation in Epidemic Preparedness (SEPI), is one of the partners of the COVAX system.

WHO regularly condemns the disparity in access to vaccination between people in poor and wealthy countries.

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According to AFP calculations, nearly four billion doses have been given in at least 216 countries and territories.

In wealthy countries, according to World Bank norms, up to 96.7 doses per 100 inhabitants can be injected. Most vaccines require two injections to be fully effective. But in the 29 poorest countries only 1.6 doses per 100 residents could be given.

The vaccination campaign against Kovid-19 was to start in Tanzania from Wednesday. Burundi, Eritrea, Haiti and North Korea are now the only countries that have not yet started their vaccination campaigns.

Tanzania on Saturday received more than one million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine as part of the Kovax system, which requires only one injection, has been donated by the United States.

For 2021-2022, Kovax expects to receive at least 610 million doses funded by donors.

Of this total, the United States must provide 260 million, European Union countries 200 million, the United Kingdom 80 million, and Canada and Japan 30 million each.

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