WHO says that 172 countries are currently engaging in the global plan, but more funding and binding commitments are required from several countries.
WHO officials maintained that countries who want to participate and contribute to the COVAX plan should submit their expressions of interest on or before August 31, and confirmation of intention to be submitted on or before September 18.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director general, said the facility was crucial to putting the COVID-19 pandemic to an end, and also ensure prices are kept “as low as possible”.
Vaccine nationalism only helps the virus. The success of the COVAX facility hinges not only on countries signing up to it, but also filling key funding gaps.Tedros
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The COVAX facility is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), GAVI vaccines alliance, and the World Health Organization (WHO), and is designed to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines across the world immediately they are developed and authorised for use.
Its main objective is to secure supplies and deliver about 2 billion doses across countries that sign up by the end of the year 2021.
“Initially, when there will be limited supply (of COVID-19 vaccines), it’s important to provide the vaccine to those at highest risk around the globe.
This included health workers on the front lines of the pandemic, who were critical to saving lives and stabilizing the overall health system.Tedros