COVAX Initiative To Provide Equitable Access To Vaccines Risks Failure, According To Internal Documents Citing Lack Of Funding, Supply Risks, Complex Agreements
Reuters: EXCLUSIVE — WHO vaccine scheme risks failure, leaving poor countries no COVID shots until 2024
“The global scheme to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries faces a ‘very high’ risk of failure, potentially leaving nations home to billions of people with no access to vaccines until as late as 2024, internal documents say. The World Health Organization’s COVAX program is the main global scheme to vaccinate people in poor and middle-income countries around the world against the coronavirus. It aims to deliver at least 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021 to cover 20% of the most vulnerable people in 91 poor and middle-income countries, mostly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. But in internal documents reviewed by Reuters, the scheme’s promoters say the program is struggling from a lack of funds, supply risks, and complex contractual arrangements which could make it impossible to achieve its goals…” (Guarascio, 12/16).
Additional coverage of the COVAX internal documents’ outlook is available from Forbes and The Guardian.
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