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  • St Lucia turned a centesimal nation to obtain vaccines.
  • 38 mln doses delivered in six weeks.
  • Regardless of provide points, 2 billion doses to be offered in 2021.

GENEVA: Six weeks after the COVAX vaccine facility started to roll out vaccine provides, the scheme on Thursday stated it had delivered almost 38.4 million doses of COVID-19 jabs to 102 nations and economies throughout six continents.

The programme presents a lifeline to low-income nations particularly, permitting them within the first occasion to inoculate well being employees and others at excessive threat, even when their governments haven’t managed to safe vaccines from the producers.

However there have been some delays, the GAVI vaccine alliance and World Well being Group stated in an announcement.

Diminished availability of delayed some deliveries in March and April, and far of the output of the Serum Institute of India, which makes the AstraZeneca vaccine, is being stored in India, the place each day infections surpassed 100,000 for the primary time on Monday.

The Caribbean island of St. Lucia turned the a centesimal nation to obtain vaccines via COVAX. Iran, additionally battling a document fee of an infection, is one other latest recipient.

The 102 nations reached up to now embody 61 benefiting from a mechanism basically financed by donors.

WHO Director-Basic Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday referred to as it a “travesty” that some nations nonetheless didn’t have sufficient vaccines to start inoculating well being employees and essentially the most weak.

GAVI stated final month that it deliberate to ship 237 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine — which has been produced at price for a number of {dollars} a dose, and doesn’t require the superior refrigeration of another coronavirus vaccines — to 142 nations by the top of Might.

“COVAX may be on track to deliver to all participating economies in the first half of the year, yet we still face a daunting challenge as we seek to end the acute stage of the pandemic,” GAVI chief government Seth Berkley stated within the assertion.

Nonetheless, COVAX nonetheless expects to ship no less than 2 billion doses this yr 2021, and to diversify the providing past the AstraZeneca/Oxford and Pfizer/BioNTech pictures it’s presently supplying.

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