COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, abbreviated as COVAX, a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, among others, is facing a serious setback in meeting its vaccine distribution target.
Initially, it planned to make COVID-19 vaccines available to 84 countries but subsequently expanded its number to 100.
However, the World Health Organization has said a shortage of supplies could affect that target.
Whereas countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel have marched ahead with their vaccination programs since the first shots were approved in late 2020, other countries have lagged behind.
More than 30 countries have yet to start or have marginally commenced distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Covax has placed orders for more than two billion shots, most of which will come in the second half of the year.
About 90 million doses had been expected under the Covax facility in March and April, but it is now expected that there will be a shortfall.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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