1st vaccine doses from U.N.-backed COVAX initiative arrive in Ghana

A senior administration official said his announcement was aimed at least in part at leveraging U.S. First published on February 24, 2021 / 8:10 AM funding for COVAX during a virtual summit with his fellow G7 leaders. agency created in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic that tore across the world in the 1980s, decried, “a vaccine apartheid that is only serving the interests of powerful and profitable pharmaceutical corporations while costing each one of us the quickest and least harmful exit route from this crisis.”

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Byanyima also warned that pandemic narcissism could put rich nations’ own populations — even if vaccinated — at risk of new COVID-19 outbreaks. The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the global COVID-19 vaccination program COVAX is seen at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, February 24, 2021. In an article published earlier this month, Winnie Byanyima, executive director of UNAIDS, the U.N.   Ghana is among 92 low-and middle-income countries slated to receive vaccine doses for free through the COVAX program, which aims to ensure wider access to vaccines around the world. partners around the world to bolster their own support for the initiative. 

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President Biden committed $2 billion in funding to COVAX up front — which is $2 billion more than the U.S. had offered under his predecessor — with a further $2 billion to be made available over the coming two years, provided other nations fulfill their own commitments to the program. South Africa launches COVID vaccine campaign

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“The longer the virus is allowed to continue in a context of patchy immunity, the greater the chance of mutations that could render the vaccines we have and the vaccines some people in rich countries have already received, less effective or ineffective,” she said.Byanyima also cited research carried out for the International Chamber of Commerce, which suggests that delaying poor countries access to vaccines will cost money, to the tune of, “an estimated $9 trillion, with nearly half of this absorbed in wealthy countries like the United States, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.”The COVAX initiative aims to deliver some two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses around the world by the end of this year. The shots, delivered by UNICEF, arrived at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport as part of the first wave of coronavirus vaccines that COVAX is sending to several low- and middle-income countries. NIPAH DENNIS/AFP/Getty

The West African nation of 30 million has recorded 81,245 coronavirus cases and 584 deaths in the pandemic. Administration officials said the money was earmarked by Congress in the December 2020 spending bill, so it would have no impact on domestic vaccination efforts in the U.S.Why worry about the worldUnited Nations officials have repeatedly urged rich countries not to leave poorer ones to fend for themselves, and vaccine makers not to base their vaccine distribution on profit margins. Another 90 countries and eight territories have agreed to pay to receive vaccines through COVAX. Now with U.S. Biden announced up to $4 billion in U.S. 1st COVID vaccine doses from U.N.-backed COVAX initiative arrive in Ghana

February 24, 2021 / 8:10 AM
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Accra, Ghana — Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, with a delivery Wednesday of 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. supportIn a reversal of his predecessor’s U.S.-centric approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic, President Joe Biden pledged billions of dollars last week to the COVAX program to help get COVID-19 vaccines into poor and developing countries.Mr.