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US News Vaccine against Covid-19: the UN calls for fair access to Covax

11:25  22 september  2020
11:25  22 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Coronavirus. China, United States shun WHO vaccine access scheme

 Coronavirus. China, United States shun WHO vaccine access scheme © Dado Ruvic / Reuters Testing of future vaccines against Covid-19 is underway. More than sixty rich countries, but not China or the United States, have joined the mechanism put in place by the WHO to facilitate poor countries' access to the vaccine against the coronavirus, according to the list published on Monday, September 20 .

Developing a vaccine against COVID - 19 is the most pressing challenge of our time - and nobody wins the race until everyone wins. The global pandemic has already caused the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and disrupted the lives of billions more. As well as reducing the tragic loss of life

COVAX , the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID - 19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co -led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations “ COVID - 19 is an unprecedented global health challenge that can only be met with unprecedented cooperation between governments, researchers

Le secrétaire général des Nations unies, Antonio Guterres, souhaite que les 193 pays membres de l'ONU s’engagent à un accès équitable au vaccin contre le Covid-19. © ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, wants the 193 UN member countries to commit to equitable access to the vaccine against Covid-19.

The UN celebrated its 75th anniversary in relative secrecy on Monday, September 21. The heads of state begin to speak on Tuesday morning at the Annual General Assembly. The United Nations announced through the voice of the WHO that more than 60 rich countries had already joined its Covax system for access to the vaccine against Covid-19.

With our correspondent in New York, Carrie Nooten

This is one of the two wishes of Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in addition to seeing his call for a global ceasefire adopted by all: that the 193 member countries of the United Nations is committed to equitable access to the vaccine against Covid-19 .

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 Novartis CEO: Need more than vaccines to fight Covid (Bloomberg) - According to the head of Novartis AG, vaccines alone will not be enough to fight Covid-19. Treatment options also play a crucial role, said Vas Narasimhan in an interview. Significant quantities of highly potent vaccines are unlikely to be available until late next year, says the manager who led Novartis vaccine development before it was sold to GlaxoSmithKline Plc five years ago.

Developing a vaccine against COVID - 19 is the most pressing challenge of our time - and nobody wins the race until everyone wins. Call for applications: COVAX seeks civil society representatives to contribute to ensuring equitable global access to COVID - 19 vaccines .

This triggered global leaders to call for a solution that would accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID - 19 vaccines , as well as COVAX is one of three pillars of the Access to COVID - 19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, which was launched in April by the World Health Organization

The first good news came from the WHO, which announced on Monday that 64 rich countries had already joined the system to access the future vaccine, called Covax. More than 90 low and middle income countries are expected to join the scheme.

The big absent from this list are the United States, which had confirmed their withdrawal from the WHO in early July anyway, but more surprisingly China, where the first cases of coronavirus were detected at the end of December 2019 The Vaccine Alliance, Gavi, the WHO partner organization for the Covax device, says talks with Beijing are still ongoing.

The goal is to have 2 billion doses of vaccine available by the end of 2021, while WHO begins to sign agreements with laboratories. All the same, the Covax member countries will have to honor their commitments. So far, the UN has only received $ 3 billion of the $ 38 billion requested.

To read: The 75th UN General Assembly turned upside down by the Covid-19

Coronavirus: In France, more than 5,000 new cases in 24 hours and 53 deaths .
In addition, 4,103 Covid patients were hospitalized over the last seven days, or 209 more compared to the figures announced the day before © ISA HARSIN / SIPA The Minister of Health Olivier Véran, September 21, 2020 in Mantes-la-Jolie.

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