WHO warns of June-July Covax doses shortfall

WHO warns of June-July Covax doses shortfall

WHO warns of June-July Covax doses shortfall

"We are seeing great commitment, the challenge is bringing those commitments forward so that June, July, August we get vaccines into folks", Bruce Aylward told a United Nations press briefing, referring to a U.S. plan to quickly share 25 million doses.

"We don't have enough confirmed doses from enough countries early enough to get the world on track to get out of this.", he said.

"At least 75% of these doses - almost 19 million [1.9 core] - will be shared through COVAX, including approximately 6 million [60 lakh] doses for Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 7 million [70 lakh] for South and Southeast Asia, and approximately 5 million [50 lakh] for Africa, working in coordination with the African Union and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention".

White House Covid-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Thursday that a total of one million J & J doses were being shipped straight to South Korea that very day.

"I encourage these nations to be bold and commit as soon as possible to sharing over 1 billion doses in 2021 mostly through GAVI's COVAX advance market commitment", Gates said.

United Nations frontline workers will also be eligible for the US-donated vaccines.

The other 6 million doses will be shared directly with countries experiencing surges, as well as U.S. partners and neighbors such as "Canada, Mexico, India and the Republic of Korea", Biden said, referring to South Korea by its official name.

Reuters reported last month that the United States was considering prioritizing its own hemisphere, with Latin America a beneficiary.

The U.S. announced the proposed allocation plan for the first 25 Million doses.

For months, the White House remained focused on getting Americans vaccinated as the coronavirus killed more than half a million people in the United States.

The long-awaited vaccine sharing plan comes as demand for shots in the USA has dropped significantly - more than 63% of adults have received at least one dose - and as global inequities in supply have become more glaring.

Global organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank welcomed the announcement.

However, Bruce Aylward said on Friday that only a small portion of those doses will be available in the short-term in June, July and August when they can make a difference in slowing the pace of infections in the global pandemic. Today, the Administration announced its framework for sharing these 80 million USA vaccine doses worldwide.

"This vaccine strategy is a vital component of our overall global strategy to lead the world in the fight to defeat COVID-19, including emergency public health assistance and aid to stop the spread and building global public health capacity and readiness to beat not just this pandemic, but the next one", it added.

Covax is an worldwide scheme cofounded by the World Health Organization (WHO) that intends to get enough vaccines for 30 percent of the population in 92 of the poorest participating territories - 20 percent in India - with donors covering the cost.

The vaccine allocation to Taiwan can be seen as the latest sign of USA support for the self-ruled democratic island facing pressure from mainland China. Lifting them could free up raw materials for major vaccine makers elsewhere, especially the Serum Institute of India (SII).

Invoking the DPA helped the United States build a huge vaccine production system, while some companies overseas have struggled to get needed supplies to ramp up vaccine production.

The growing US stockpile of COVID-19 vaccines is seen by many overseas and at home not only as a testament to America's achievement but also its global privilege.

Pfizer has begun independently exporting millions of its USA -made shots largely to countries in Central and South America, Reuters reported last month.

Share 75% of these vaccines through COVAX. Brazil has been one of the world's hardest-hit countries by the pandemic, reporting more than 15 million cases and 400,000 deaths.

Peru this week revised its COVID-19 death toll, making it the country with the worst per-capita fatality rate.

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