WHO’s COVAX facility aims to have 500 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses ready by early 2021

WHO’s COVAX facility aims to have 500 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses ready by early 2021

WHO’s COVAX facility goals to have 500 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses prepared by early 2021

Pfizer and BioNtech are at present in late phases of talks with the WHO to affix the COVAX vaccine alliance.

WHO's COVAX facility aims to have 500 mn Covid-19 vaccine doses ready by early 2021

Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan. Picture: Screengrab from WHO/YouTube

The World Well being Group’s Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan, in a press convention in Geneva stated that the apex public well being group hopes to have at the very least half a billion doses of a working COVID-19 vaccine prepared within the first quarter of 2021, by the COVAX facility. To date, some 189 international locations have joined the COVAX initiative. The agenda of the initiative is to vaccinate 20 % of the best threat populations, together with well being employees and the aged.

“The purpose is to get at the very least 2 billion doses by finish of 2021, which will probably be sufficient to vaccinate 20 % of the populations of nations which can be a part of COVAX,” chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan stated at the on Friday, 4 December information convention. This might be sufficient to “carry to an finish the acute part of the pandemic” by decreasing mortality and the influence on well being techniques, she added.

The WHO plans for the primary batch – 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – to be prepared within the first quarter of 2021 to distribute pretty amongst COVAX accomplice international locations.

“Our purpose, our hope is that within the first quarter of 2021 that we’d have about half a billion of doses accessible to be distributed throughout the international locations, in a good method,” Swaminathan stated. “So international locations can begin anticipating doses towards the top of the primary quarter of 2021. A number of international locations might begin earlier, it’s possible, doable, that we might have some learnings by going early into just a few international locations.”

The vast majority of the doses will nonetheless be shipped solely within the second quarter of 2021, she added.

The US, regardless of having one of the crucial various vaccine portfolios, will not be a participant in the COVAX initiative. It has bagged many bilateral offers to attain hundreds of thousands of doses of the main vaccine candidates for its residents.

A joint initiative of WHO, the Gavi Vaccine Alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Improvements (CEPI), COVAX was based to make sure equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. It was based beneath the WHO’s Entry to COVID-19 Instruments (ACT) Accelerator so creating nations aren’t left behind within the worldwide bidding struggle for working COVID-19 vaccines.

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