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  • 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.

  • China joins COVAX initiative for COVID-19 vaccine distribution Oct 09, 2020 12:00 PM IST

    China joins COVAX initiative for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

    The move by China, where the new coronavirus was first reported, comes as it holds separate talks with the WHO to have its locally produced COVID-19 vaccines assessed for international use.

  • WHO chief Ghebreyesus urges more countries to join COVAX as death toll exceeds 1 million Sep 30, 2020 07:13 PM IST

    WHO chief Ghebreyesus urges more countries to join COVAX as death toll exceeds 1 million

    Tedros, addressing the New York event from Geneva, said that 167 countries have now joined the WHO-led COVAX global vaccines facility, representing 70 percent of the world's population, adding: "And the list is growing every day".

  • More than 150 nations join WHO-led global plan for COVID-19 vaccines Sep 21, 2020 09:17 PM IST

    More than 150 nations join WHO-led global plan for COVID-19 vaccines

    The list includes 64 wealthier, self-financing countries, and accounts for about two-thirds of the global population, a statement issued by the WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance said, after a deadline of last Friday to make binding commitments.

  • WHO says India in talks to join 'COVAX' vaccine scheme Sep 07, 2020 10:04 PM IST

    WHO says India in talks to join 'COVAX' vaccine scheme

    'India is certainly eligible, like all countries in the world, to be part of the COVAX facility and discussions are ongoing in that regard,' Bruce Aylward told a briefing in Geneva.

  • In change of tack, EU leaves door open to COVID vaccines purchase through WHO Sep 02, 2020 04:18 PM IST

    In change of tack, EU leaves door open to COVID vaccines purchase through WHO

    The move could allow EU governments to secure vaccines from companies that are not negotiating with Brussels, such as US firms Merck, Inovio and Novavax.

  • WHO says 172 countries engaging with global COVID-19 vaccine plan Aug 24, 2020 05:25 PM IST

    WHO says 172 countries engaging with global COVID-19 vaccine plan

    "Initially, when there will be limited supply (of COVID-19 vaccines), it's important to provide the vaccine to those at highest risk around the globe," the WHO's director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a media briefing.

  • 'Vaccine nationalism': Is it every country for itself? Jul 29, 2020 09:16 PM IST

    'Vaccine nationalism': Is it every country for itself?

    The concern is that vaccine supply and allocation in this pandemic will echo the last - caused by the H1N1 flu virus in 2009/2010 - when rich nations bought up the available supply of vaccines, initially leaving poor countries with none.

  • COVID-19: Vaccine alliance says 75 countries keen to join "COVAX" access facility Jul 15, 2020 09:16 PM IST

    COVID-19: Vaccine alliance says 75 countries keen to join "COVAX" access facility

    COVAX is co-led by GAVI, the World Health Organization and the CEPI Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Its aim is to deliver 2 billion doses of effective, approved COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021.

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