Global supply chains that are vital to industry will continue to be disrupted so long as the virus remains a force.
COVAX is co-led by vaccine alliance – GAVI, the CEPI and the WHO and has 190 participating economies.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said one poor country received a mere 25 vaccine doses while over 39 million doses have been administered in nearly 50 richer nations
There is an urgent need to clarify public interest and public health exceptions to TRIPS intellectual property rights.
Scientists estimate that a vaccination rate of about 70% is needed for herd immunity, where entire populations are protected against an infection
She also warned that prospective recipients should be aware it is not uncommon to feel unwell or have a sore arm after receiving a shot.
Almost two billion doses of candidate vaccines have been secured for the Covax facility, created by the UN health agency, to ensure fair access
Wealthy nations have pre-ordered just over half of the vaccine doses expected to be produced by the 13 leading developers next year.
African health official blasts 'terrible' vaccine inequality; high-income nations oppose proposal to waive IP rules
A small group of high-income countries and their trading partners, including the EU, US, Brazil, Canada, Japan and the UK Thursday opposed South Africa and India's request to waive some intellectual property rules to allow for faster, easier access to COVID-19 vaccines around the world
Pfizer and BioNtech are currently in late stages of talks with the WHO to join the COVAX vaccine alliance.
Poonawalla also said the SII is in the process of applying for an emergency usage licence, and that he has discussed an implementation plan with Prime Minister Modi during his visit to its Pune facility on Saturday
While G-20 countries have contributed billions of dollars toward developing a vaccine for the virus, they have also mostly focused on securing their own vaccine supplies
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus lauds Narendra Modi’s ‘strong commitment’ to COVID vaccine development
The PM and world health body chief discussed the value of traditional medicinal systems, with the latter appreciating India’s Ayushman Bharat scheme and campaign against tuberculosis
China had initially declined to join the alliance, missing the global deadline to join in September.
China joins coronavirus vaccine alliance; signs agreement with GAVI after missing September deadline
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said the step has been taken to ensure ‘equitable distribution of vaccines, especially to developing countries’
More than 150 countries are setting up the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility but Trump claims the WHO is in need of reform and is influenced by China.
In early April, Trump blasted the agency, saying they "called it wrong" on COVID-19, that the WHO was "very China-centric" in its approach
WHO urges all countries to join COVAX to ensure everyone has access to safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine
Vaccine will be allocated in two phases with all countries getting doses simultaneously while the second phase will take each countries' threat level into account.
Seth Berkley, chief executive of the GAVI vaccine alliance, said they're aiming for tiered pricing for richer and poorer countries to ensure fair global access to COVID-19 shots
The 75 countries, which would finance the vaccines from public budgets, will partner with up to 90 poorer countries to provide them with access.