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WHO Warns — Drug Deals Threaten COVAX Supply

The World Health Organization (WHO) in a recent report noted that countries seeking their own COVID-19 vaccine doses are making deals with drug companies that threaten the supply for the global COVAX program for poor and middle-income countries.

Jamaica is one of the countries set to benefit from the COVAX Facility.

WHO senior adviser Bruce Aylward said in a briefing that some countries are still pursuing deals that will compromise the COVAX supply. 

The WHO has long called upon rich countries to ensure that vaccines are shared equitably.

The global organization is one of the leaders of COVAX, a program that aims to supply 1.3 billion vaccine doses to poor and middle-income countries this year.

But so far, COVAX has had a slow rollout.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the world will not recover fast enough without vaccine equity.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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