COVAX Has Received Zero Shipments — Making It 140 Million Doses Short — Since March Because Of India's Outbreak

COVAX Has Received Zero Shipments — Making It 140 Million Doses Short — Since March Because Of India's Outbreak

UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said the COVAX scheme was far behind where it needed to be due to the situation in India and that rich countries needed to do more.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's largest drugmaker, had agreed to supply COVAX with one-quarter of the 2 billion vaccines it wanted to administer in 2021.
  • The SII suspended exports in March to focus on the domestic market after a devastating second wave hit the country.
  • Ms. Fore said that between the EU and the group of G7 nations, around 153 million vaccine doses could be found to replace the shortage if each country "gave 20% of their available supply over June, July, and August."
  • Experts have called COVAX's plan to vaccinate 20% of the populations of 92 countries by the end of 2021 as "the bare minimum."

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