Sumary of COVAX vaccine shortfall puts pressure on rich nations to act:
- A year ago, scores of countries committed to COVAX, the program set up to deliver COVID-19 vaccines equitably to every corner of the planet.
- Facing a 25% cut to COVAX’s supply forecast for the year, its partners are calling on countries that already have enough doses to give up their place in the queue.
- They also want vaccine-makers to be more transparent about their supply arrangements to ensure developing countries aren’t being disadvantaged.
- COVAX expects to have access to about 1.4 billion doses by the end of the year, the groups said Wednesday.
- Although COVAX backers said they expect the program to speed up in the coming months, health advocates worry it won’t be fast enough.
- About 10,000 Covid deaths are occurring each day, Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist, said in a briefing with reporters.
- “A few months in the pandemic is a very long time,” Fatima Hassan, director of the Health Justice Initiative, a non-profit in Cape Town, said by phone.
- The campaign to immunize the world has run into problems after wealthy countries raced ahead in protecting their own populations.