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What is COVAX?

What is COVAX?

What is COVAX?

WebPublicPress (New York) - While showing signs of inefficiency in some parts of Europe, putting bureaucratic protocol at the forefront even in the age of emergency measures required by the pandemic situation – COVAX seems to be fast enough in Africa.

UNICEF has announced that Rwanda is all set to receive 102,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine later today as part of the distribution of 1.2 million doses procured from the manufacturer by COVAX, becoming the first African country to receive these vaccines through COVAX. 

In addition, 240,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines licensed and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India were delivered to Rwanda by UNICEF on behalf of the COVAX Facility. In all, 340,000 doses of COVAX vaccines due in Rwanda today. Full press release copied below. Also, Sudan became the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to receive vaccines via the COVAX Facility.

Vaccination “ghetto”

Some European countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, although they have paid all the requested funds, do not yet see the date when the delivery of vaccines via COVAX will begin. Mogi says it is a threat for some countries to become a “vaccination ghetto” because it is uncertain when they will get the vaccines.

Three members of the BiH Presidency spoke with the Director General of the World Health

Sarajevo capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the summer time  (Webpublica photo - Erol Avdovic)

Sarajevo capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the summer time (Webpublica photo – Erol Avdovic)

Organization, Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus, about the problem. It was pointed out again that Bosnia and Herzegovina fulfilled all its financial and other established obligations during the last year (2020) and that it expects the same from the COVAX program and vaccine manufacturers – not to be late with the delivery.

The director of the WHO reiterated the conditions facing BiH. authorities appointed on February 22, and relate to the urgent signing of the Cover Letter and the Agreement on Compensation and Liability between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the manufacturer. All members of the Presidency have expressed their readiness to sign these documents in order to start the process of delivering the entire amount of vaccines within clearly defined deadlines. Whether COVAX will meet its obligations on time – in a situation where every day is important and every delay – possibly fatal for those waiting – remains to be seen.

 

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