COVAX initial deliveries hailed as ‘a notable achievement’ in global fight against COVID-19 pandemicMarch 5, 2021
A World Economic Forum (WEF) official has hailed the initial deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX facility to poor countries as “notable achievement in the global fight against the pandemic.”
The world, said Elissa Prichep, health lead at WEF, has come “together as never before to support global access to vaccines.”
An initial delivery of 480,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from COVAX facility arrived in the Philippines on Thursday. (READ: Some 480,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from COVAX arrive in the Philippines)
Prichep acknowledged “the supplied doses supplied through COVAX covers a fraction of the population in poor countries.”
But she stressed “there is now a proven vehicle for global collaboration in addressing global health needs.”
She urged world leaders to “build on this first success.”
World leaders, she said, should pursue “innovative and multilateral approaches to ensure global health, future outbreak preparedness, and equitable access to vaccines.”
To have 20 percent of the population in poor countries will “take many more billion doses.”
Prichep urged “large donors and governments to fully fund COVAX” to achieve the goal.
COVAX is a mechanism to pool procurement and equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. It is jointly led by GAVI and CEPI; organizations incubated and launched at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.