Australia now eligible to purchase COVID-19 vaccine doses through COVAX

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With more than 200 Covid-19 vaccine candidates in different stages of clinical and pre-clinical testing, there is still no guarantee that any single vaccine now in development will work, said World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Geneva, Sep 22 (SocialNews.XYZ) A total of 156 economies representing almost two-thirds of the world's population have joined the COVAX Facility, an worldwide initiative to ensure equitable global access to vaccines against the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

The 64 self-financing economies, including Australia, Japan, and Canada, in the pool will be joined by 92 low- and middle-income economies eligible for support for the procurement of vaccines through the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), a financing instrument aimed at supporting the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines for these countries.

"The objective of the Covax facility is to try to work with every country in the world", Gavi chief Seth Berkley told a virtual briefing when asked about China's absence from the list.

Working together through the COVAX Facility "is not charity, it's in every country's best interest". "Vaccine nationalism will only perpetuate the disease and prolong the global recovery".

Some of those that are already supporting the plan, such as France, are reluctant to use the plan as a way of securing initial vaccines, with them striking separate supply deals in order to have an appropriate number of doses.

He said that nearly 200 vaccine candidates are being developed now to tackle the global pandemic.

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The source said that "Nevertheless, we do not rule out the possibility that our vaccine will in future be offered to participants of COVAX". Leaders in each country would be responsible for determining who those frontline workers are, the report said. You can join us and take action on this issue here.

This effort is in addition to an ongoing effort to raise funding for both R&D and for the procurement of vaccines for lower-income countries via the Gavi COVAX AMC, the organization said. So there has to be a high level of public education to get people to understand the risks and the safety dividend that you get from taking that vaccine, so that you can make conscious decisions about your own health and security.

"No one can be left out when the Covid-19 vaccine is being administered, as a pandemic somewhere is a pandemic everywhere".

The collaboration hopes to be able fund 2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by 2021.

"Covax and the idea of equal access to a Covid-19 vaccine, regardless of ability to pay, is not just a moral imperative, it is the only practical solution to this pandemic". We either sink or swim together.

But alliance officials said dialogue continued with Beijing. "And third, we must move heaven and earth to ensure equitable access to diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines", he said.

"Let me say that vaccines work when you have a high percentage of persons taking the vaccine".

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