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Geneva: The Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), cooperating with the World Health Organization, announced Tuesday the allocation of a hundred million additional doses of the future vaccine against Covid-19 to poor countries.
In early August, the GAVI Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a collaboration with the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer in terms of number of doses, to deliver 100 million doses.
Vaccines will be sold at a price not exceeding three dollars per dose, with the possibility of obtaining more doses.
This vaccine was developed by the British Swedish and British laboratories, AstraZeneca, and the American “Novavax”, to be manufactured later in the “Serum Institute of India”, which will deliver it to a coalition launched by the World Health Organization to obtain a vaccine against Covid-19 in the name of “Covid-19” Vaxin Global Access).
This cooperation will allow the Indian Institute to increase its production capacity from now to be able to distribute vaccine doses to low or middle income countries as soon as one or more vaccines obtain the necessary permits and the required approval from the World Health Organization, in the first half of next year at the earliest.
As part of this cooperation, the potential vaccine from “AstraZeneca” will be available in 61 countries, while that developer from “Novavax” will be available in the 92 countries supported by the “Kovax” mechanism.
“Any country, whether rich or poor, should not be left at the bottom of the list with regard to vaccines against Covid-19,” Seth Berkeley, Director-General of the Vaccine Alliance, stressed.
Likewise, the Director General of the Serum Institute of India, Adar Poonawala, said, “At this stage, it is important for governments and global health and financial institutions from the public and private sectors to unite, to ensure that no party is excluded.”
The Kovacs mechanism is part of the global action taken by the United Nations to accelerate equitable access to tools to combat COVID-19. However, the United Nations received only 3 billion dollars of the 38 billion it had requested.
In this context, “AstraZenica” pledged in June to distribute 300 million doses to the “Gavi” alliance, in addition to the agreement reached through the Indian Institute.
The World Health Organization has set a goal of providing two billion doses of vaccines by the end of 2021, at a time when the Covid-19 epidemic has killed more than a million people around the world since it first appeared in China at the end of last year.