COVAX announces new agreement, plans for first deliveries

25 Janvier, 2021, 15:35 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Security guards stand outside Blackburn Cathedral which is being used as a mass vaccination centre during the coronavirus outbreak England

"Today marks another milestone for COVAX: in addition to securing access to doses, we are now expecting the first deliveries of life-saving COVID-19 vaccines in Q1".

On December, 2020, the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to approve and rollout the Pfizer vaccine, but in order to ensure more people get the first jab sooner, the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency opted to delay the second dose for up to 12 weeks instead of the 21-day gap recommended by the manufacturers. According to the latest World Health Organization update, a decision on this vaccine candidate is anticipated by the middle of February.

Here in the UAE, as of January 23, the total number of doses administered stands at 2,426,793 with a vaccine distribution rate of 24.54 doses per 100 people.

The Dubai Health Authority took to Twitter on Saturday night to confirm that it is working on rescheduling the first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

This is not just significant for COVAX, it is a major step forward for equitable access to vaccines, and an essential part of the global effort to beat this pandemic.

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"We will thoroughly review their safety and effectiveness in cooperation with professional examiners and outside experts so that our people can access safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines".

"This agreement with Pfizer will help enable Covax to save lives, stabilise health systems and drive the global economic recovery", he said.

"These purchase agreements open the door for these lifesaving vaccines to become available to people in the most vulnerable countries", said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

"COVAX has signed an agreement with Pfizer/BioNTech for up to 40M doses of its COVID19 vaccine".

The big picture: COVAX is led by the WHO, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. At least 1.3 billion of these doses will be made available to the 92 economies eligible for the Gavi COVAX AMC by the end of 2021. COVAX also has a statement of intent from Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for 200 million doses of a candidate vaccine that the companies are developing.

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