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  • 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.

  • EXCLUSIVE | ‘Government won’t ban commercial export of Covid-19 vaccine’, sources say Apr 12, 2021 11:06 AM IST

    EXCLUSIVE | ‘Government won’t ban commercial export of Covid-19 vaccine’, sources say

    Many have argued for a ban on the commercial export of Covid-19 vaccines from India, as the second wave of the pandemic continues to infect a record number of people every day and vaccine shortages have been reported from multiple States. But the government is not keen on the proposal since both the manufacturers in India are legally obligated to fulfil contracts to supply doses to foreign buyers, and a large chunk of the global poor are dependent on India’s vaccines.

  • COVAX says India's Serum Institute bound to supply virus vaccines Apr 09, 2021 03:46 PM IST

    COVAX says India's Serum Institute bound to supply virus vaccines

    The pact specified Gavi would receive from SII 1.1 billion doses of either the AstraZeneca vaccine or that of Novavax, with 200 million committed, and the rest on option.

  • EXCLUSIVE | India's global donations of jabs through 'Vaccine Maitri' on hold for a month, MEA sources say Apr 08, 2021 05:28 PM IST

    EXCLUSIVE | India's global donations of jabs through 'Vaccine Maitri' on hold for a month, MEA sources say

    India has won enormous diplomatic goodwill with free supply of vaccines to poor countries but as daily new cases continue to soar to new record, the government is facing pressure to increase domestic supply and expand the inoculation programme that is so far restricted to people who are at least 45 years old.

  • COVAX expects full vaccine supplies from India's Serum in May, says UNICEF Mar 29, 2021 11:20 AM IST

    COVAX expects full vaccine supplies from India's Serum in May, says UNICEF

    “Deliveries of SII/AZ vaccine are expected to begin fully again by May, with catch-up deliveries to reach every participant’s full allocation up to May, accelerating thereafter,” a UNICEF spokeswoman told Reuters in an email.

  • Covax vaccines for poor countries delayed by India: Gavi Mar 25, 2021 06:03 PM IST

    Covax vaccines for poor countries delayed by India: Gavi

    The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine is being produced under licence in India for the Covax scheme, also led by the World Health Organization (WHO), which is meant to ensure that low-income countries can access COVID-19 jabs.

  • EXCLUSIVE| With 'Vaccine Maitri', India pulls off diplomatic coup against China in Africa Mar 19, 2021 03:47 PM IST

    EXCLUSIVE| With 'Vaccine Maitri', India pulls off diplomatic coup against China in Africa

    Officials say the 1.7 crore doses of vaccines from India have done in just three months, what billions of dollars in development finance deployed by China across the African continent over the past decade, haven't been able to. Gain Africa's trust.

  • Sri Lanka receives Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines under COVAX Facility Mar 07, 2021 10:56 AM IST

    Sri Lanka receives Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines under COVAX Facility

    The first batch of the coronavirus vaccines from the COVAX facility arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday, the state minister of COVID prevention Dr Sudarshini Fernandopulle said.

  • Bilateral COVID-19 vaccine deals not good for COVAX, says WHO Mar 04, 2021 05:26 PM IST

    Bilateral COVID-19 vaccine deals not good for COVAX, says WHO

    The World Health Organization-backed COVAX scheme, destined for emerging countries, is "the only global mechanism to equalise access to vaccines", WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge told reporters.

  • 81% interim efficacy data boosts Bharat Biotech's hopes of Covaxin exports Mar 03, 2021 07:23 PM IST

    81% interim efficacy data boosts Bharat Biotech's hopes of Covaxin exports

    Bharat Biotech said another interim analysis and a final one is expected in the weeks ahead, which will give a more robust picture of Covaxin's efficacy.

  • Pfizer requirements causing delays in COVAX deliveries: GAVI Mar 02, 2021 07:49 PM IST

    Pfizer requirements causing delays in COVAX deliveries: GAVI

    Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI alliance that co-leads the COVAX multilateral vaccine facility with the World Health Organization (WHO), told journalists the requirements were partly related to indemnification issues.

  • UN vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain Feb 25, 2021 03:22 PM IST

    UN vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain

    COVAX is supposed to make deals to buy vaccines in bulk from drug companies and can also receive donated shots from rich countries. Poorer nations can receive free doses from the initiative — and wealthier ones can also buy from it, as a way of diversifying their supply.

  • Ghana receives world's first shipment of free COVAX vaccines, key role of India's Serum Institute Feb 24, 2021 10:32 PM IST

    Ghana receives world's first shipment of free COVAX vaccines, key role of India's Serum Institute

    "This is a momentous occasion, as the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines into Ghana is critical in bringing the pandemic to an end," said a joint statement issued by UNICEF and WHO representatives in the African country.

  • Ghana to receive world's first doses of free Covax vaccines: UNICEF Feb 24, 2021 12:58 PM IST

    Ghana to receive world's first doses of free Covax vaccines: UNICEF

    "These 600,000 Covax vaccines are part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India, which represent part of the first wave of Covid vaccines headed to several low and middle-income countries," said UNICEF, which organised the shipment from Mumbai, in a joint statement with the WHO.

  • India's Serum Institute despatches first Covax vaccines Feb 23, 2021 06:17 PM IST

    India's Serum Institute despatches first Covax vaccines

    The global vaccine procurement and equitable distribution effort aims to secure vaccines for at least the most vulnerable 20 percent in every country.

  • Pakistan to get 2.8 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses from COVAX Feb 19, 2021 01:06 PM IST

    Pakistan to get 2.8 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses from COVAX

    Pakistan this month started the anti-coronavirus vaccination drive with 500,000 doses of Sinopharm’s vaccine donated by its ally China.

  • The $4 trillion economic cost of not vaccinating the entire world Feb 12, 2021 07:54 PM IST

    The $4 trillion economic cost of not vaccinating the entire world

    The more that a sector relies on people working in close proximity to produce goods, the more disruption there will be due to higher infections.

  • India to get 97.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from COVAX in first half of 2021 Feb 03, 2021 10:50 PM IST

    India to get 97.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from COVAX in first half of 2021

    COVAX will be getting 240 million doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine from SII and 96 million doses from AstraZeneca under the advance purchase agreement between Gavi and the vaccine makers. SII has agreed to supply COVID-19 vaccine at $3 per dose.

  • Status check on COVID-19 vaccines in pipeline for India over next six months Jan 20, 2021 08:44 PM IST

    Status check on COVID-19 vaccines in pipeline for India over next six months

    In the initial phase, India will inoculate about one crore healthcare workers. This will be followed by two crore frontline workers, police, armed forces, municipal workers, revenue staff and others. In the third phase, 27 crore people above 50 years of age and those with co-morbidities.

  • Poorer countries could start getting COVID vaccines this month: WHO Jan 07, 2021 10:12 PM IST

    Poorer countries could start getting COVID vaccines this month: WHO

    The COVAX facility has raised $6 billion of the $7 billion that it has sought in 2021 to help finance deliveries to 92 developing nations with limited or no means to buy vaccines on their own, O'Brien told a social media event.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update | Iran says Pfizer vaccine batch expected from US benefactors Dec 28, 2020 09:46 PM IST

    COVID-19 Vaccine Update | Iran says Pfizer vaccine batch expected from US benefactors

    Iran has struggled to stem the worst virus outbreak in the Middle East, which has infected over 1.2 million people and killed nearly 55,000.

  • COVID-19 vaccine | Adar Poonawalla of SII expects AstraZeneca-Oxford covid vaccine approval 'very soon' Dec 28, 2020 06:18 PM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine | Adar Poonawalla of SII expects AstraZeneca-Oxford covid vaccine approval 'very soon'

    The subject expert committee of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, India's drug regulator, is likely to meet later this week to examine SII's emergency-use authorisation (EUA) application for Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine.

  • Gavi secretariat recommends Board to allott India 20% of covid-19 vaccine doses from COVAX AMC Dec 25, 2020 04:23 PM IST

    Gavi secretariat recommends Board to allott India 20% of covid-19 vaccine doses from COVAX AMC

    Gavi Secretariat report said India accounts for over 35 percent of the total AMC participants’ population.

  • Africa faces wait for mass COVID-19 vaccination: Disease control group Nov 26, 2020 09:32 PM IST

    Africa faces wait for mass COVID-19 vaccination: Disease control group

    health campaigners are worried that Africa will find itself near the back of the queue for COVID-19 vaccines after wealthier nations signed a raft of bilateral vaccine supply deals with pharmaceutical companies.

  • China says will purchase COVAX vaccines for 1% of population Oct 09, 2020 04:15 PM IST

    China says will purchase COVAX vaccines for 1% of population

    Beijing's move to join the COVAX programme means China "will be procuring vaccines through the facility for a proportion of their own population, just as with other countries", a spokesman for GAVI, which co-leads the scheme, said earlier.

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