Suara.com – The World Health Organization (WHO) provides good news regarding access and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The COVAX vaccine facility has delivered nearly 38.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to more than 100 countries and countries across six continents as of Thursday, six weeks after distribution began.
The GAVI vaccine alliance and the World Health Organization (WHO) said that despite seeing shortages in supply in March and April, as well as higher demand in India, where most of AstraZeneca’s main injections are produced, it hopes to deliver vaccine doses across the country.
Those countries have submitted requests for vaccine doses in the first half of 2021.
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“According to the latest supply estimates, COVAX hopes to deliver at least 2 billion doses of vaccine by 2021,” the report said.
Its portfolio, which currently relies on injections of AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech, will be diversified.
Meanwhile, WHO stated that the Covid-19 vaccine certificate so far cannot be used as a travel requirement.
“We as WHO say at this stage, we do not want vaccination passports as a requirement for entry or exit. Because we do not believe that the vaccine can prevent transmission,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said at a UN press conference quoted by Channel News Asia.
He said that the distribution of the Covid vaccine is currently uneven. In fact, there tends to be discrimination against people who have not been able to get vaccines for some reason.
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The WHO now expects to review China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines for a possible emergency use list sometime in late April, Harris said.
“This is not coming as fast as we hoped, because we need more data,” he said, refusing to provide more information, citing confidentiality.