There is a “shocking imbalance” in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines worldwide and most countries do not have anywhere near enough shots to cover health workers and others at high-risk, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on April 9.
The COVAX vaccine facility delivered nearly 38.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to 102 countries and economies across six continents six weeks after it began to roll out supplies, according to a statement on April 8.
The world should be back to normal by the end of 2022 thanks to Covid-19 vaccines, Bill Gates said in an interview for Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza and television broadcaster TVN24.
The World Health Organization-backed COVAX vaccine sharing facility has an agreement to send out “hundreds of millions” of Johnson & Johnson shots, Kate O’Brien – director of WHO’s department of immunization – said on March 17.
COVAX will deliver 237 million doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 shot to 142 countries by the end of May as the World Health Organization-backed program steps up the global roll-out of its vaccine supplies.
The number of new coronavirus infections globally rose for the first time in seven weeks, the World Health Organization said on March 1.
Countries seeking their own COVID-19 vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX program for poor and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization said on Feb. 26.
Many health experts believe that the Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV237 from Novavax offers potential advantages over competitors including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca-Oxford.
Novavax announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to provide 1.1 billion doses of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373 for the COVAX Facility.
Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE asked the U.S. health regulator to relax requirements for their Covid-19 vaccine to be stored at ultra-low temperatures, potentially allowing for it to be kept in pharmacy freezers.