The international Covax program launched a campaign on Thursday to raise an additional two billion dollars in order to be able to reserve doses of anti-Covid vaccines. The Covax system enables the 92 poorest countries to obtain doses of vaccines, thanks to funds raised by donors.
“People everywhere should be able to access rigorously tested, safe and effective anti-Covid-19 vaccines,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. As long as the virus spreads and reproduces itself anywhere on the planet, it poses a threat to the world’s population ”.
Over 38 million doses of vaccines to 113 countries
Japan will organize a summit in June on the financing of the Covax system. “The supply of vaccines and funding is still insufficient, and there is an urgent need to strengthen the Covax program to ensure equitable access to safe, effective and quality vaccines for developing countries,” said the Japanese minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi.
A total of 840 million doses of vaccine have been delivered to at least 205 territories around the world, according to an AFP tally. The Covax system has delivered more than 38 million doses to 113 countries. The first delivery was made to Ghana on February 24 and Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo was the first to be vaccinated.
Covax is co-led by WHO, the Gavi vaccine alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. The goal of the program is to distribute enough doses to immunize up to 27% of the population in the 92 poorest countries by the end of the year. “We’ve got up to 2.5 billion doses and our goal is to get another billion,” said Gavi chief Seth Berkley. In order to be able to reserve vaccines, it is necessary to have funding. “