After the prolonged wait and conflicting signals, the World Health Organization’s approval for the indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, brings much-needed relief and reflects global...
Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to donate $100 million to the UN-backed COVAX program, which aims to distribute vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.
According to the data published by UNICEF, rich nations have cornered the benefits under the WHO programme
COVAX is a global vaccine initiative run by a coalition that includes the Vaccine Alliance known as Gavi and World Health Organization (WHO).
The Oxford-AstraZeneca doses from COVAX will be for the most vulnerable persons above 60 years of age group in the most high-risk areas impacted by COVID-19.
"I think it will be very premature, and I think unrealistic, to think that we're going to finish with this virus by the end of the year," Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, said
"Although many people in rich countries will receive a vaccine for COVID-19 this year, many people in poor countries will likely have to wait years to get one".
The West African nation of 30 million has recorded 81,245 cases and 584 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to figures from Ghana's Health Services on Tuesday.
He will also call on G7 partners to prioritise a sustainable health security financing mechanism aimed at catalysing countries to build the needed capacity to end the pandemic.
The coronavirus has infected more than 109 million people and killed at least 2.4 million of them.
India has airlifted more than 6 million COVID-19 doses to nine countries in Phase-I under its initiative termed “Vaccine Maitri”.
Speaking at a virtual press conference from Geneva on Friday, Tedros stressed that efforts should be made to ensure that middle and low-income countries are equally protected
Wars and insurgencies endanger vaccinators in poor nations across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America
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