COVAX to deliver 337 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.
COVAX on Wednesday said that it has allocated a total of 337 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for developing countries so far and would aim to deliver these vaccines in the first half of 2021.
This, as COVAX was the initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) for equitable global access to coronavirus vaccines.
The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, and the World Health Organization said in an interim distribution forecast that the allocation would cover an average of 3.3% of the total population of more than 140 countries taking part in the initial delivery round.
COVAX, however, also warned of different caveats, such as delays in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing Procedure (EUL), disruptions in supply chains, and logistics bottlenecks.
South Africa, Cap Verde, and Rwanda were expected to be among the first countries in Africa to get the COVID-19 vaccine doses.
China on Wednesday decided to provide 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to COVAX in order to meet the urgent needs of developing countries.
In addition, China signed an agreement with Gavi, officially joining COVAX last October 8, 2020.