Top officials from the United Nations, the World Bank and the Cow Vaccine Alliance have requested that rich countries provide additional CVID-19 vaccine doses in an international effort to supply low- and middle-income countries.
At a virtual event hosted by Gavi on Thursday, officials also applied for another িয়ন 2 billion in June for the project, with the goal of purchasing 1.6 billion doses by 2021, in support of the Covax vaccine sharing initiative.
To date, CoVAX has shipped more than 38 million vaccine doses to 111 countries.
“Global supply is incredibly strong right now. But we also know that many high-income countries have ordered more vaccines than they need, “said Seth Berkeley, Gavi’s chief executive.
“We urge the high-risk population to share additional doses as soon as possible during this supply-disruption period,” he said.
While countries in the rich world are in the process of vaccinating them, some lower-middle-income countries have yet to manage a shot. If the current trend continues, some countries may take years to inoculate their populations.
Experts warn that if the virus is allowed to run smoothly in some parts of the world, it is more likely to transform into new forms, which could make vaccines less effective or increase the risk of death.
NZ to donate a few thousand doses
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a grant of an adequate dose of vaccine for COVAX for more than 600,000 people, thanks to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNHCR). Managed).
Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden all pledged new funds at COVAX on Thursday.
“In many countries, dollars are now available to spend on doses, but not fast delivery. “Countries that have the potential to supply additional vaccines will be released as soon as possible,” said David Malpas, president of the World Bank.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gherbaisis said some countries that have signed up for COX have not received any doses, none have received adequate doses and some are not receiving their second round of vaccines on time.
“There remains a staggering and widespread disparity in the distribution of vaccines worldwide,” he warned.
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Farrell called on rich countries to invest generously in COVAX and donate surplus because the only way to end the epidemic and “get the global economy back on track” was
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Salberg said another িয়ন 22 billion was needed to access the COVID-19 equipment (ACT) accelerator, which includes COVAX and also supports treatment and testing.
“These numbers may seem high, but if the crisis continues, they are far less than the global economic losses. The strains of the new virus make it clear that we need to move faster, ”he said.
On Wednesday, a group of more than 1,170 former world leaders and Nobel laureates called on U.S. President Joe Biden to waive U.S. intellectual property rules and make the CVV-19 vaccine more readily available.
In a Open letter Sharing with Oxfam, the signatories also requested Biden to support South Africa and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in temporarily waiving the patents for the COVID-19 vaccine, worldwide production and supply of the vaccine.