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Serum Institute to resume supply of Covishield to COVAX: Reports

In April, the Centre halted supply of Covid-19 vaccines to the UN-backed programme as India itself was hit by a severe second wave of the pandemic.
Adar Poonawalla, chief executive officer of Serum Institute of India. (File photo)
Adar Poonawalla, chief executive officer of Serum Institute of India. (File photo)
Published on Nov 23, 2021 11:27 AM IST
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Negotiations over release of vaccine for Covax in final stage

In September this year, India announced resuming Covid-19 vaccine exports in the last quarter of this year, including doses to be distributed under the Covax facility
A medic inoculates a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at Bharatratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal General Hospital, Kandivali, in Mumbai on November 17. (PTI)
A medic inoculates a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at Bharatratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal General Hospital, Kandivali, in Mumbai on November 17. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 03:11 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

COVAX supply likely to resume this month

India halted the export of vaccines against Covid-19 in April this year after a severe second wave hit the country that impacted the COVAX facility, a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and equitable distribution of anti Covid-19 vaccines.
India has begun getting close to 300 million Covid vaccine doses in a month. (File/Representative use)
India has begun getting close to 300 million Covid vaccine doses in a month. (File/Representative use)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 08:16 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Covid vaccines via Covax to be sent only to least covered nations in Oct: WHO

A total of 49 least covered countries have been identified for allocating around 75 million Covid-19 vaccines, in a move that aims to eradicate the deficit between poorer nations where many are yet to be jabbed with the first dose, and their richer counterparts that have begun giving booster shots.
The Covax initiative has overseen the allocation of more than 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses, of which around 300 million have been shipped to recipient countries. (Reuters Photo)
The Covax initiative has overseen the allocation of more than 500 million coronavirus vaccine doses, of which around 300 million have been shipped to recipient countries. (Reuters Photo)
Published on Oct 01, 2021 06:44 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

WHO chief thanks Mansukh Mandaviya for resuming vaccine exports to COVAX pool

  • Sharing a tweet, the WHO chief wrote, “Thank you Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya for announcing India will resume crucial Covid vaccine shipments to COVAX in October.”
Calling it an “important development”, the WHO chief further said India’s contribution will help all COVAX-supported countries reach the 40 per cent vaccination target rate by the end of the year.(REUTERS)
Calling it an “important development”, the WHO chief further said India’s contribution will help all COVAX-supported countries reach the 40 per cent vaccination target rate by the end of the year.(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 22, 2021 10:56 AM IST
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By | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Why USA has not sent vaccines to India as Pak, Bangladesh, Lanka get shipments

US State Dept said that India needs to complete internal legal process before getting vaccine donation (Agencies)
US State Dept said that India needs to complete internal legal process before getting vaccine donation (Agencies)
Published on Jul 14, 2021 07:08 PM IST
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US to share millions of Covid-19 shots with Latin America, Africa and Asia

Of the 55 million remaining doses, some 41 million would be shared through COVAX, the White House said, with approximately 14 million going to Latin America and the Caribbean, some 16 million to Asia, and roughly 10 million to Africa.
The US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on Monday, June 21, 2021. (Bloomberg)
The US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on Monday, June 21, 2021. (Bloomberg)
Published on Jun 21, 2021 10:59 PM IST
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UNICEF reaches Covid-19 vaccine supply agreement with Moderna

"Through the supply agreement, UNICEF, along with procurement partners including the PanAmerican Health Organization (PAHO), will have access to up to 34 million doses of the vaccine for around 92 countries and territories in 2021," UNICEF said.
UNICEF said the vaccines are expected to be delivered in the final quarter of 2021.(Reuters)
UNICEF said the vaccines are expected to be delivered in the final quarter of 2021.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 03, 2021 12:03 AM IST
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ANI | , Washington Dc

Sinopharm can provide over billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to world: Chairman

That level of supply capability assumes vaccination demand in China is being met, China National Pharmaceutical Group's chairman Liu Jingzhen said.
Two vaccines from Sinopharm are being used in China, one of which has gained emergency use approval from the World Health Organization, a prerequisite for a vaccine to be included in the COVAX initiative.(AFP)
Two vaccines from Sinopharm are being used in China, one of which has gained emergency use approval from the World Health Organization, a prerequisite for a vaccine to be included in the COVAX initiative.(AFP)
Published on Jun 02, 2021 09:29 PM IST
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Reuters | , Beijing

Australia, Spain, Sweden announce Covid-19 vaccine donations to COVAX

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that his country was making a further $50 million donation to the GAVI vaccine alliance's COVAX facility, bringing its total to $130 million.
Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez, who announced a donation of 15 million doses and 50 million euros to COVAX. REUTERS/Cindy Liu(REUTERS)
Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez, who announced a donation of 15 million doses and 50 million euros to COVAX. REUTERS/Cindy Liu(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 02, 2021 06:54 PM IST
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Reuters | , Geneva

India's 'terrible' Covid-19 surge severely impacted global vaccine supply: Covax

The Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, is the key supplier of AstraZeneca doses to Covax.
Containers of AstraZeneca vaccines under the Covax scheme are loaded onto a truck after arriving at an airport, in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador.(Reuters)
Containers of AstraZeneca vaccines under the Covax scheme are loaded onto a truck after arriving at an airport, in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador.(Reuters)
Updated on May 28, 2021 02:50 PM IST
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Covax says needs $2 billion more by June for poor countries

Covax said it has already delivered 70 million vaccine doses to 126 countries, but faces a shortfall of 190 million at the end of June because of the "severe impact on Covax's supply in the second quarter of this year... (from) the terrible surge of the virus in India".
Covax welcomed the vaccine pledges made so far by countries such as France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.(Bloomberg)
Covax welcomed the vaccine pledges made so far by countries such as France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates.(Bloomberg)
Published on May 28, 2021 06:40 AM IST
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Covid-19: What you need to know today

  • By the end of June, Covax will be around 190 million doses short of its target, according to Covax chief Seth Berkley (as cited in an article in Science).
Prisoners wait for their turn to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca jab against the coronavirus, during a vaccination campaign at the El-Arjate prison near the capital Rabat.(AFP)
Prisoners wait for their turn to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca jab against the coronavirus, during a vaccination campaign at the El-Arjate prison near the capital Rabat.(AFP)
Updated on May 28, 2021 06:35 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Malawi burns 20,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses that expired

  • Malawi’s burning of the vaccines defies calls not to do so by the World Health Organization and the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Malawi, like many other African countries, has relied on the AstraZeneca vaccine that has been distributed by COVAX and the African Union. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi, File)(AP)
Malawi, like many other African countries, has relied on the AstraZeneca vaccine that has been distributed by COVAX and the African Union. (AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi, File)(AP)
Updated on May 19, 2021 04:41 PM IST
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AP | , Blantyre, Malawi

Gavi hopeful Serum Institute will resume supplies for COVAX by 3rd quarter

  • The WHO-backed COVAX facility’s plans to roll out hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines to scores of countries.
Adar Poonawalla, CEO of SII. (HT photo)
Adar Poonawalla, CEO of SII. (HT photo)
Updated on May 18, 2021 11:57 PM IST
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Punjab joins COVAX to procure Covid-19 vaccines at affordable prices

  • Following unavailability of vaccines, the Punjab government decided to join the COVAX alliance, since it offers global vaccines at the best possible price.
Punjab has been lagging behind in administering vaccines to its population. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times)
Punjab has been lagging behind in administering vaccines to its population. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal /Hindustan Times)
Published on May 13, 2021 07:11 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

WHO chief laments 'shocking imbalance' in Covid-19 shot distribution

The AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine - the mainstay of the COVAX programme so far - has been hit by safety concerns after reports of blood clots in some recipients.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.(Reuters / File)
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.(Reuters / File)
Published on Apr 09, 2021 08:01 PM IST
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Reuters | , Geneva

Asian countries scramble for vaccine supplies after India export curbs

South Korea, Indonesia and the Philippines are among countries to be hit by shipment delays to vaccines they have been promised under the COVAX programme
India has not provided details on the length of its export curb but UNICEF, a distributing partner of COVAX, said at the weekend that deliveries are expected to resume by May. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo(REUTERS)
India has not provided details on the length of its export curb but UNICEF, a distributing partner of COVAX, said at the weekend that deliveries are expected to resume by May. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 30, 2021 12:47 PM IST
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Reuters | , Seoul/ Manila

Covax facility to face vaccine supply delay as India plans to limit exports

India has supplied 61 million vaccine doses to as many as 77 countries as part of both grants and commercial arrangements.
So far, the WHO-backed COVAX has received 28 million doses of Covishield vaccine, a statement from Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) said.(AFP)
So far, the WHO-backed COVAX has received 28 million doses of Covishield vaccine, a statement from Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) said.(AFP)
Updated on Mar 28, 2021 05:11 AM IST
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Covax vaccinations bring relief to Africans suffering from Covid-19

The global vaccine-sharing Covax facility, co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the GAVI vaccine alliance and others, has begun to bear fruit in nations from Ghana to Rwanda.
Kenyan health workers waiting to receive a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, part of the COVAX mechanism by GAVI (The Vaccine Alliance), to fight against COVID-19 at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi on March 5, 2021. (AFP)
Kenyan health workers waiting to receive a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, part of the COVAX mechanism by GAVI (The Vaccine Alliance), to fight against COVID-19 at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi on March 5, 2021. (AFP)
Published on Mar 05, 2021 10:57 PM IST
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Reuters | , Abuja/nairobi, Nigeria/kenya

Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to African nations pick up speed

  • So far Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Angola and Congo also have received their first vaccine doses via Covax, with several other countries including Mali, Senegal, Malawi and Uganda set to receive them this week.
A nurse prepares a dose of the of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during the vaccination campaign at the Ridge Hospital in Accra, Ghana, March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko(REUTERS)
A nurse prepares a dose of the of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during the vaccination campaign at the Ridge Hospital in Accra, Ghana, March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 03, 2021 06:54 PM IST
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'Together in fight against pandemic': PM Modi thanks WHO chief on Covax delivery

"Thank you @DrTedros. We are all together in the fight against this pandemic. India is committed to sharing resources, experiences, and knowledge for global good," the Prime Minister said in a tweet.
India, the largest drug producer in the world, is currently manufacturing two Covid-19 vaccines- Covishield and Covaxin.(PTI)
India, the largest drug producer in the world, is currently manufacturing two Covid-19 vaccines- Covishield and Covaxin.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 26, 2021 09:41 PM IST
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African Union backs India's call to waive IP rights on Covid-19 drugs

South Africa and India, which both manufacture drugs and vaccines, made the proposal at the WTO last year, arguing that intellectual property rules were hindering the urgent scale-up of vaccine production and provision of medical products to some patients.
A woman receives a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine during the first rollout of vaccinations in Australia at the Castle Hill Medical Centre in Sydney on February 21, 2021. (Photo by STEVEN SAPHORE / AFP)(AFP)
A woman receives a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine during the first rollout of vaccinations in Australia at the Castle Hill Medical Centre in Sydney on February 21, 2021. (Photo by STEVEN SAPHORE / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 25, 2021 05:42 PM IST
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Reuters | , Johannesburg

Ghana 1st nation to receive coronavirus vaccines from Covax

The arrival of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the West African country marks the beginning of the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history, according to the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
This photograph released by UNICEF shows the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the Covax Facility arriving at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. (AP)
This photograph released by UNICEF shows the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the Covax Facility arriving at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana. (AP)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 08:24 PM IST
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Ghana becomes first nation in world to receive Covax vaccines

  • The vaccines, delivered by Unicef, arrived at Accra’s international airport early Wednesday and are part of the first wave of Covid-19 vaccines being sent by Covax.
Airport workers transport on dollies a shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from the Covax global Covid-19 vaccination programme, at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.(AFP)
Airport workers transport on dollies a shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from the Covax global Covid-19 vaccination programme, at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.(AFP)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 04:44 PM IST
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AP | , Accra

Rich countries must increase Covid-19 vaccine supply to poor nations

Sharp inequalities in vaccine rollouts have led to criticism that all but the world's richest countries will have to wait for months.
Mexcian President Lopez Obrador accused the wealthiest countries of
Mexcian President Lopez Obrador accused the wealthiest countries of "hoarding" vaccine supplies.(AP)
Published on Feb 24, 2021 05:11 AM IST
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Reuters | , Mexico City

WHO chief scientist says India's first shipment under COVAX likely this week

"Not in the next couple of months. This week. (I think) today or tomorrow, the first shipment from India, from the Serum Institute, will be going out to at least 25 or 30 countries," Soumya Swaminathan said.
"Many countries around the world are waiting for the distribution to happen as they have been watching vaccination programmes beginning and scaling in high income countries," Dr Swaminathan said. (Reuters)
Published on Feb 22, 2021 10:51 PM IST
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PTI | , Hyderabad

Pakistan to get 5.6 million Covid-19 vaccines by March

The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said Pakistan will receive 5.6 million doses of coronavirus vaccines by the end of March.
Gavi/Covax alliance will deliver 2.8 million doses in the first week of March and then the next consignment of 2.8 million doses by the second week.(Reuters)
Gavi/Covax alliance will deliver 2.8 million doses in the first week of March and then the next consignment of 2.8 million doses by the second week.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 21, 2021 07:21 PM IST
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PTI | , Islamabad

Germany pledges additional 1.5 billion euros for Covax, WHO

Covax aims to ensure a fair supply of coronavirus vaccines around the world.
""We can only get out of the pandemic with vaccinations. We need to make progress on this, at home and abroad,"Olaf Scholz said on Friday.(via AP)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 09:06 PM IST
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Reuters | , Berlin

EU to double Covax vaccine funding to 1 billion euros

The EU is one of the leading donors to the Covax program, which aims to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 shots for low-and middle-income countries.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, and European Council President Charles Michel arrive to take part in an online meeting of G7 leaders.(AP)
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, and European Council President Charles Michel arrive to take part in an online meeting of G7 leaders.(AP)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 08:45 PM IST
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AP | , Brussels
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