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The COVAX system has distributed "a first billion" of doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccines to the poorest countries. If low-income countries were helped as rich countries, "between 940,000 and 1.27 million deaths could be spared next year," said Seth Berkley, Executive Director of Gavi, the Alliance of the Vaccine.
The international COVAX mechanism, intended to promote access to vaccines againstto poor countries, has passed a CAP Saturday with "a first billion" of distributed doses, has rejoiced one of the support.
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"This is a key step in the largest and fastest distribution of a vaccine in history," said Seth Berkley, Executive Gavi Director, the Vaccine Alliance. This alliance created Covax in 2020 with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CEPI Coalition.
Mr. Berkley made this announcement at the moment when an airplane landed in Kigali in Rwanda with the billionth dose distributed by Covax. The first dose had been in February in Ghana.
All countries can order doses with this mechanism, but low-income countries receive them free of charge.
"I'm proud but humble at the same time, knowing what remains to be done to protect everyone else and solving immunism of vaccine coverage," said Berkley. "Our work is far from over".
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Nearly 90% of distributed doses were funded by GAVI donations, the total amount of more than $ 10 billion, also hailed.
Object of 2 billion
Covax hoped to distribute 2 billion doses at the end of 2021. The competition of rich countries ready to pay expensive and keeping doses prevented from achieving this objective.
Thursday, the director of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out that while 9.4 billion doses were injected into the world, more than 85% of Africans have not yet received one.
Gold, according to public health experts, the possibility for the virus circulating without brake in certain areas increases the risk of emerging new more contagious variants.
Half of the 194 WHO Member States have already missed the target of 40% vaccine coverage at the end of 2021, and the WHO Director called for redouble efforts to reach 70% vaccinated people. -2022.
The eagerness of the rich countries to inject reminder doses in response to the circulation of the Omicron variant risks to hurt this second objective.
Countries must unite
"We can not let Omicron and the growing demand for reminder demolishing the progress we have done," pleaded on Twitter Mr. Berkley.
"If the world unites to allow adults of low-income countries to be protected at the same level as in high-income countries, between 940,000 and 1.27 million deaths could be spared next year. , he calculated.
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