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  • COVID-19 vaccine | COVAX programme reaches milestone of 1 billion doses Jan 16, 2022 08:29 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine | COVAX programme reaches milestone of 1 billion doses

    COVAX was launched in 2020 with the goal of delivering 2 billion doses by the end of 2021, but was slowed by wealthier states' initial hoarding of limited shots, export restrictions and frequent changes within its organisation. The program began delivering vaccine doses in February 2021

  • India supplied 983.068 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses to 94 countries, 2 UN entities till December 15: Govt Dec 21, 2021 07:24 PM IST

    India supplied 983.068 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses to 94 countries, 2 UN entities till December 15: Govt

    The country supplied COVID-19 related medical and other assistance to over 150 countries since the beginning of the pandemic, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in a written reply.

  • Problems between Serum Institute of India and Africa affecting vaccine supply, says Africa CDC Dec 09, 2021 04:27 PM IST

    Problems between Serum Institute of India and Africa affecting vaccine supply, says Africa CDC

    "The problem with Serum and India and COVAX and Africa is one that is very unfortunate," John Nkengasong told an online media briefing, blaming what he described as Serum's "unprofessional manner" for the difficulties.

  • Serum Institute delivers first Novavax shot through COVAX Dec 01, 2021 10:04 AM IST

    Serum Institute delivers first Novavax shot through COVAX

    The world's biggest vaccine maker exported 137,500 doses of Covovax, as it calls the shot, to the Southeast Asian country last week.

  • Serum Institute resumes Covishield export under COVAX as output crosses 1 billion-mark Nov 26, 2021 06:00 PM IST

    Serum Institute resumes Covishield export under COVAX as output crosses 1 billion-mark

    SII said its supplies under COVAX facility would increase substantially into the first quarter of 2022, adding that it "will bring into production other vaccines under licence", which include Covovax, from US-based company Novavax.

  • Govt allows Serum Institute to export 50 lakh Covishield doses under COVAX to 4 nations Nov 22, 2021 08:05 AM IST

    Govt allows Serum Institute to export 50 lakh Covishield doses under COVAX to 4 nations

    In addition to these three countries, the SII will also export Covishield to Bangladesh under COVAX, they said.

  • India could ship vaccines to COVAX in a few weeks, say sources Nov 09, 2021 11:52 AM IST

    India could ship vaccines to COVAX in a few weeks, say sources

    The World Health Organization (WHO), which co-leads COVAX, has been urging India to restart supplies for the programme, especially after it sent about 4 million doses to its neighbours and partners in October.

  • WHO chief discusses Covaxin, resumption of AstraZeneca vaccine supplies to COVAX facility with Mansukh Mandaviya Oct 20, 2021 11:41 AM IST

    WHO chief discusses Covaxin, resumption of AstraZeneca vaccine supplies to COVAX facility with Mansukh Mandaviya

    Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had also tweeted that he had a detailed interaction with the WHO chief, accompanied by other senior officials of the global health agency on various issues related to health, including pandemic management and WHO reforms.

  • India delays COVID-19 vaccine supplies to WHO-backed COVAX: Sources Oct 19, 2021 03:08 PM IST

    India delays COVID-19 vaccine supplies to WHO-backed COVAX: Sources

    The world’s biggest vaccine maker resumed exports of COVID-19 doses this month for the first time since April. It has sent about 4 million to countries such as neighbouring Bangladesh and Iran, but none to COVAX.

  • Exclusive| Existing commitments may be addressed first once vaccine exports resume Sep 27, 2021 04:10 PM IST

    Exclusive| Existing commitments may be addressed first once vaccine exports resume

    As the government prepares to allow the shipment of Covid-19 vaccines overseas, intense negotiations are underway on which countries will get them first. India has already promised its partners in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or QUAD, which also comprises the US, Australia and Japan, that it will export eight million doses by October-end. But the global COVAX initiative is yet to receive the vast majority of the 90 million vaccines it has ordered from Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII).

  • WHO chief thanks Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for announcing resumption of COVID-19 vaccine shipments Sep 22, 2021 11:53 AM IST

    WHO chief thanks Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for announcing resumption of COVID-19 vaccine shipments

    COVAX is an initiative for equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Covax slashes COVID-19 vaccine supply forecast by 25% amid SII export restrictions Sep 09, 2021 08:16 PM IST

    Covax slashes COVID-19 vaccine supply forecast by 25% amid SII export restrictions

    Covax in its latest supply forecast has stated that it would likely have access to 1.425 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 2021. Of these, around 1.2 billion coronavirus vaccine doses will be reserved for lower-income economies that are part of the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), the World Health Organization said.

  • Govt expects Covaxin to get emergency use approval from WHO in next 2-3 months Jul 20, 2021 06:06 PM IST

    Govt expects Covaxin to get emergency use approval from WHO in next 2-3 months

    Covaxin manufacturer Bharat Biotech International Limited submitted the data required for global emergency use approval to the World Health Organization on July 9.

  • India will receive a share of 80 million US vaccines through COVAX: Official Jun 10, 2021 12:59 PM IST

    India will receive a share of 80 million US vaccines through COVAX: Official

    On June 2, President Biden announced that the US will allocate 75 percent - nearly 1.9 crores of the first tranche of 2.5 crore doses - of unused COVID-19 vaccines from its stockpile through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing programme to countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as Africa.

  • G7 summit: India to bat for global vaccine waiver, funding for global effort Jun 09, 2021 07:16 PM IST

    G7 summit: India to bat for global vaccine waiver, funding for global effort

    Officials say the response by the 'world's richest club' to the ongoing pandemic will set the tone for global efforts for rest of 2021.

  • COVID-19 crisis | UK urges commitment to vaccinate the world by end of 2022 Jun 06, 2021 04:28 PM IST

    COVID-19 crisis | UK urges commitment to vaccinate the world by end of 2022

    Johnson is expected to stress the importance of a global vaccination drive when he meets with fellow world leaders on Friday in Cornwall, on the coast of southwestern England, for the first face-to-face G-7 summit since the pandemic hit.

  • Japan gives $800 million to UN-backed COVID-19 vaccine program Jun 02, 2021 08:12 PM IST

    Japan gives $800 million to UN-backed COVID-19 vaccine program

    Suga also announced plans to provide 30 million doses of a vaccine manufactured under license in Japan to other countries in need.

  • Covax says needs $2 billion additional funding by June for supply of vaccines to poor countries May 28, 2021 06:20 PM IST

    Covax says needs $2 billion additional funding by June for supply of vaccines to poor countries

    "If the world's leaders rally together, the original Covax objectives -– delivery of two billion doses of vaccines worldwide in 2021, and 1.8 billion doses to 92 lower-income economies by early 2022 -- are still well within reach," the mechanism's organisers -- which include the World Health Organization and the Gavi alliance -- said in a statement.

  • Global supply of COVAX hit due to coronavirus crisis in India, USAID tells lawmakers May 28, 2021 08:29 AM IST

    Global supply of COVAX hit due to coronavirus crisis in India, USAID tells lawmakers

    "COVAX has suffered a big blow given the scale of the pandemic in India," Samantha Power, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), told members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations for a hearing on the Fiscal 2022 Budget Request for the USAID.

  • Angela Merkel pledges money, doses to help poorer countries vaccinate May 21, 2021 10:52 PM IST

    Angela Merkel pledges money, doses to help poorer countries vaccinate

    Merkel urged other EU countries to follow Germany's example in giving any left-over vaccines to countries that lack their own supplies.

  • COVID-19 vaccines | EU finalizes deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for 1.8 billion doses May 20, 2021 04:02 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccines | EU finalizes deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for 1.8 billion doses

    The European commission said the deal, which was agreed on behalf of all 27 EU countries earlier this month, will allow the buying of 900 million doses of the current shots and of a serum adapted to the virus' variants, with an option to purchase an extra 900 million shots.

  • Malawi burns 19,610 AstraZeneca Covid vaccine doses that expired May 19, 2021 04:35 PM IST

    Malawi burns 19,610 AstraZeneca Covid vaccine doses that expired

    According to Malawi's health minister, the vaccines arrived just 18 days before their expiry date. WHO has said vaccines should not be destroyed, as they may be safe even after the use-by date.

  • COVID-19 vaccine | Never exported vaccines at the cost of the people of India, says Serum Institute's Adar Poonawalla May 18, 2021 07:47 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine | Never exported vaccines at the cost of the people of India, says Serum Institute's Adar Poonawalla

    However, the company hopes to begin deliveries of vaccine to COVAX and other countries by end of 2021.

  • WHO reminds Serum Institute of its COVAX commitments amidst devastating COVID-19 outbreak, soaring demand in India May 18, 2021 10:33 AM IST

    WHO reminds Serum Institute of its COVAX commitments amidst devastating COVID-19 outbreak, soaring demand in India

    During a daily virtual press briefing on Monday, the World Health Organisation Director-General said that the surge in COVID-19 cases around the world has compromised the global vaccine supply and there is already a shortfall of 190 million doses to COVAX by the end of June.

  • Moderna signs deal with COVAX for supply of 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to lowest income countries May 03, 2021 07:21 PM IST

    Moderna signs deal with COVAX for supply of 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to lowest income countries

    The Moderna vaccine turned eligible for COVAX supplies after the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued an emergency use listing on April 30.

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