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  • 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.

  • 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.

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