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UK vows to share Covid-19 vaccines ahead of G7 meeting

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is meeting virtually with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and the United States to discuss international challenges.
Boris Johnson will promise to give “the majority of any future surplus vaccines” to the UN-backed COVAX effort to vaccinate the world's most vulnerable people, the British government said.(Reuters)
Boris Johnson will promise to give “the majority of any future surplus vaccines” to the UN-backed COVAX effort to vaccinate the world's most vulnerable people, the British government said.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 06:32 PM IST
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PTI | , London

Pakistan to get 2.8 million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses via COVAX program

Pakistan this month started the anti-coronavirus vaccination drive with 500,000 doses of Sinopharm’s vaccine donated by its ally China.
Health Minister Faisal Sultan said that COVAX would provide 2.8 million doses of Oxford AstraZeneca on March 2, enabling the vaccination of older people.(Reuters)
Health Minister Faisal Sultan said that COVAX would provide 2.8 million doses of Oxford AstraZeneca on March 2, enabling the vaccination of older people.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 19, 2021 02:08 PM IST
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PTI | , Islamabad

Mexico gets over 8 lakh AstraZeneca's Covid-19 doses from India

Mexico, which has one of the world's highest coronavirus death tolls, started vaccinating healthcare workers in December.
Mexico will next vaccinate adults over the age of 60, a group representing 12% of Mexico's 126 million people.(Reuters)
Mexico will next vaccinate adults over the age of 60, a group representing 12% of Mexico's 126 million people.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 15, 2021 07:35 AM IST
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Reuters | , Mexico City

UK delegation visits Serum institute, talks held on enhancing relationship

  • Elizabeth Truss is on a four-day visit to India for talks with Piyush Goyal towards an “enhanced trade partnership”. After concluding her visit to the facility at Pune, Truss tweeted that SII will also be producing 1.3 billion doses for the COVAX alliance to which UK has committed £548 million.
Talking about the visit, the Member of Parliament from South West Norfolk had earlier told Livemint that SII will produce more than a billion doses of the UK developed Oxford vaccine, helping to save lives in the country and beyond
Talking about the visit, the Member of Parliament from South West Norfolk had earlier told Livemint that SII will produce more than a billion doses of the UK developed Oxford vaccine, helping to save lives in the country and beyond
Published on Feb 08, 2021 05:09 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Thailand reluctant to join Covax program on strict conditions

Under the program, Thailand would be charged extra for booking and it would have limitations on the producers and delivery period.
A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday, (Representative image)(AP)
A pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine Friday, (Representative image)(AP)
Published on Feb 07, 2021 09:01 AM IST
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India likely to get 97.1 million Covid-19 doses through Covax

The Covax facility on Wednesday published its interim distribution forecast of Covid-19 vaccines.
Women police personnel wait for their turn to get registered for the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre at Civil Hospital, in Ahmedabad.(PTI)
Women police personnel wait for their turn to get registered for the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre at Civil Hospital, in Ahmedabad.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 04, 2021 03:18 PM IST
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SII to supply 1.1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Covax vaccine scheme

UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said the shots would be delivered over a number of years at the cost of about $3 per dose for low- and middle-income countries.
Workers transfer carton boxes of a Covishield vaccine developed by Pune based Serum Institute of India (SII) that arrived in a truck into the Karnataka Health Department cold storage facility in Bangalore. (AFP)
Workers transfer carton boxes of a Covishield vaccine developed by Pune based Serum Institute of India (SII) that arrived in a truck into the Karnataka Health Department cold storage facility in Bangalore. (AFP)
Published on Feb 03, 2021 07:45 PM IST
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Reuters | , Geneva/london

WHO: COVAX to cover 3% of poor countries' populations in first half of 2021

The WHO has authorized just one Covid-19 vaccine so far - a shot developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
The WHO is currently reviewing 11 vaccines for emergency use.(AP file photo)
The WHO is currently reviewing 11 vaccines for emergency use.(AP file photo)
Published on Jan 29, 2021 05:11 PM IST
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COVAX to supply 355 million vaccine doses for Eastern Mediterranean this year

The first doses provided for the region through COVAX will arrive in February, WHO official Yvan Hutin told reporters. The WHO's Eastern Mediterranean region comprises of Middle Eastern countries as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Djibouti.
COVAX is co-led by the GAVI vaccine alliance, the WHO and others, and is designed to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccinations globally.(REUTERS)
COVAX is co-led by the GAVI vaccine alliance, the WHO and others, and is designed to ensure equitable access to Covid-19 vaccinations globally.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 27, 2021 04:34 PM IST
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Reuters | , Cairo

Taliban backs Covid vaccine drive as Afghan receives $112 million funding pledge

The immunisation drive will have to take place amid relentless violence in the country.
A UNICEF worker helps an internally displaced girl put on a face mask at a makeshift camp, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Parwiz/File Photo(REUTERS)
A UNICEF worker helps an internally displaced girl put on a face mask at a makeshift camp, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Parwiz/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 27, 2021 11:49 AM IST
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Reuters | , Kabul

Iran urges Joe Biden to lift sanctions affecting medicines as it fights Covid-19

  • "Since (Biden's) administration claims not to be anti-science like the previous one ..., one expects it to free the transfer of Iran's own foreign exchange resources to fight the coronavirus and for health and food, and lift banking sanctions quickly," said government spokesman Ali Rabiei.
President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that vaccinations would begin in the coming weeks(AP)
President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that vaccinations would begin in the coming weeks(AP)
Published on Jan 26, 2021 07:56 PM IST
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Reuters | , Dubai

COVAX vaccine scheme says will supply 1.8 billion doses to poor in 2021

COVAX, which is co-led by the GAVI vaccine alliance, the World Health Organization and others.
COVAX said the 1.8 billion doses would be supplied via an advance market commitment to 92 eligible countries.(Reuters)
COVAX said the 1.8 billion doses would be supplied via an advance market commitment to 92 eligible countries.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 21, 2021 03:09 PM IST
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Reuters | , London

‘Will provide 200 million doses to India for first phase’: Gavi deputy CEO

"The arrangement is 20% of Gavi’s total support will be provided to India, which comes to about 200 million doses. It will cost Gavi about $1.4 billion. Gavi will also provide $30 million for technical assistance.", says Anuradha Gupta.
"The Covax facility was set-up to ensure that there was equitable access to vaccines against Covid-19", says Anuradha Gupta
Updated on Jan 19, 2021 04:09 AM IST
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ByRhythma Kaul, New Delhi

WHO vaccine scheme may leave poor countries with no Covid-19 shots until 2024

The World Health Organization’s COVAX programme is the main global scheme to vaccinate people in poor and middle income countries around the world against the coronavirus.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), gives a statement to the media about the response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.(AP)
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), gives a statement to the media about the response to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.(AP)
Updated on Dec 16, 2020 06:46 PM IST
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Brussels | ByReuters | Posted by Arpan Rai

Poor countries face long wait for vaccines despite promises

The ambitious initiative known as COVAX created to ensure the entire world has access to Covid-19 vaccines has secured only a fraction of the 2 billion doses it hopes to buy over the next year, has yet to confirm any actual deals to ship out vaccines and is short on cash.
Even with vaccines in hand, the rollouts will take many months, even in rich countries, and many developing ones are facing serious logistical challenges that will add to delays(REUTERS)
Even with vaccines in hand, the rollouts will take many months, even in rich countries, and many developing ones are facing serious logistical challenges that will add to delays(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 03:50 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri

G-20 summit ends with support for Covid-19 vaccines for all

The two-day summit of heads of state was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed at least 1.38 million people globally, with the world’s highest death tolls recorded in seven of the G-20 countries.
The G-20, which includes the US, India, China, the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and others, stressed the importance of global access to Covid-19 vaccines, drugs and tests.(AP)
The G-20, which includes the US, India, China, the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and others, stressed the importance of global access to Covid-19 vaccines, drugs and tests.(AP)
Updated on Nov 23, 2020 03:19 AM IST
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Dubai | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar

Global study sees India having edge in Covid-19 vaccines

It will likely take three to four years to manufacture enough vaccines to cover the world’s population, but high-income countries and a few middle-income countries with manufacturing capacity such as India, have already purchased nearly 3.8 bn doses.
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine" sticker.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 02, 2020 09:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanchita Sharma

What is WHO’s Vaccine Insurance Scheme? All you need to know

If anything goes wrong after the administration of a vaccine, the government of those countries under the scheme will not have to face any cost.
A medical worker performs a fast PCR test in a test container in Austria.(REUTERS)
A medical worker performs a fast PCR test in a test container in Austria.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 07:34 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh

Very large portion of Covid-19 vaccines likely to be manufactured in India: Gates Foundation CEO

Gates Foundation CEO Mark Suzman said that the foundation had been working to support a lot of work around diagnostics as well.
Mark Suzman said the biggest learning from the pandemic is that at all levels, global, regional, national, there needs to be a permanent infrastructure in place that is prepared and ready to go which will keep the world much better prepared for the next one(REUTERS (Representative Image))
Mark Suzman said the biggest learning from the pandemic is that at all levels, global, regional, national, there needs to be a permanent infrastructure in place that is prepared and ready to go which will keep the world much better prepared for the next one(REUTERS (Representative Image))
Updated on Oct 21, 2020 01:49 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Covid-19 vaccine storage issues could leave 3 billion people without access

The goal of Covax is to place orders for multiple promising candidates with the aim of distributing successful ones equitably.
Poor people around the world are likely to be the last to emerge from the pandemic.(AP file photo)
Poor people around the world are likely to be the last to emerge from the pandemic.(AP file photo)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 04:39 PM IST
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Gampela | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma

Mexico pays advance to guarantee purchase of Covid-19 vaccine through COVAX

The contract with COVAX Facility guarantees Mexico’s acquisition of enough vaccines for up to 20 percent of the population, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
A nurse prepares Russia's
A nurse prepares Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for inoculation in a post-registration trials stage at a clinic in Moscow, Russia.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2020 06:51 AM IST
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Asian News International | ByAsian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Scientists question China’s ability to produce enough Covid-19 vaccine doses for export

Even if the vaccine is ready soon, scientist question whether the country will be able to produce enough doses to meet its international commitment, according to a report published on science journal Nature.
On October 11, China also announced that it is joining the Covid-19 vaccine alliance known as COVAX. The country signed an agreement with GAVI, the co-leader of the alliance.(REUTERS)
On October 11, China also announced that it is joining the Covid-19 vaccine alliance known as COVAX. The country signed an agreement with GAVI, the co-leader of the alliance.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 11, 2020 10:51 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh

China joins WHO-backed global vaccine alliance COVAX

China is now the biggest economy to join the international initiative, with the US and Russia staying out of it.
A model of a coronavirus is displayed next to boxes for COVID-19 vaccines at an exhibit by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm at the China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing on September 5.(AP file)
A model of a coronavirus is displayed next to boxes for COVID-19 vaccines at an exhibit by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm at the China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing on September 5.(AP file)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 10:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

Brazil still mulling whether to join COVAX vaccine allocation plan

Eduardo Pazuello said the decision was still under consideration, speaking by videoconference at a meeting of ACT, the global alliance to accelerate development, production and equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.
More than 70 nations have so far committed to joining, agreeing to procure Covid-19 vaccines through COVAX for their populations.(REUTERS)
More than 70 nations have so far committed to joining, agreeing to procure Covid-19 vaccines through COVAX for their populations.(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 11, 2020 05:48 AM IST
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Brasilia | ByReuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

In talks with India to join ‘COVAX’ vaccine scheme, says WHO

We would welcome Indian participation ...India has extensive experience (with vaccines),” said Bruce Aylward in a briefing in Geneva
The WHO and the GAVI vaccine alliance are leading the COVAX facility, aimed at helping buy and distribute vaccination shots against the novel coronavirus fairly around the world.(Reuters)
The WHO and the GAVI vaccine alliance are leading the COVAX facility, aimed at helping buy and distribute vaccination shots against the novel coronavirus fairly around the world.(Reuters)
Updated on Sep 07, 2020 11:44 PM IST
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Geneva, Switzerland | ByReuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar

‘Vaccine nationalism’ would prolong coronavirus pandemic, says WHO chief Tedros

The WHO and the GAVI vaccine alliance are leading the COVAX facility, aimed at helping buy and distribute vaccination shots fairly around the world.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 78 high-income countries had now joined the “COVAX” global vaccine allocation plan, bringing the total to 170 countries, adding that joining the plan guaranteed those countries access to the world’s largest portfolio of vaccines.(Reuters image)
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 78 high-income countries had now joined the “COVAX” global vaccine allocation plan, bringing the total to 170 countries, adding that joining the plan guaranteed those countries access to the world’s largest portfolio of vaccines.(Reuters image)
Updated on Sep 04, 2020 10:30 PM IST
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Geneva | ByReuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh

UNICEF says drugmakers can produce unprecedented vaccine quantities for Covid-19

UNICEF’s role is part of a Covid-19 vaccine allocation plan - known as COVAX and co-led by the World Health Organization - that aims to buy and provide equitable access to the shots. So far, 76 wealthy nations committed to joining the COVAX effort.
Safe and effective vaccines are seen as essential to ending a pandemic that has so far claimed more than 864,000 lives globally.(HT Photo)
Safe and effective vaccines are seen as essential to ending a pandemic that has so far claimed more than 864,000 lives globally.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 04, 2020 05:48 AM IST
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Reuters | ByReuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Vaccine group says 76 rich countries now committed to ‘COVAX’ access plan

Seth Berkley, chief executive of the GAVI vaccines alliance, said the coordinated plan, known as COVAX, now has Japan, Germany, Norway and more than 70 other nations signed up, agreeing in principle to procure Covid-19 vaccines through the facility for their populations.
COVAX is co-led by GAVI, the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and is designed to discourage national governments from hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and to focus on first vaccinating the most high-risk people in every country.(via REUTERS)
COVAX is co-led by GAVI, the WHO and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and is designed to discourage national governments from hoarding Covid-19 vaccines and to focus on first vaccinating the most high-risk people in every country.(via REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 03, 2020 09:24 AM IST
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London | ByReuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Vaccine alliance eyes range of prices for Covid shots, says $40 would be maximum

Seth Berkley, chief executive of the GAVI vaccine alliance, which is co-leading the COVAX facility designed to ensure fair global access to Covid-19 shots, said the facility had no specific target price and would also seek to negotiate tiered pricing for richer and poorer countries.
University of Oxford a volunteer participates in the vaccine trial in Oxford, England.(AP)
University of Oxford a volunteer participates in the vaccine trial in Oxford, England.(AP)
Updated on Jul 28, 2020 12:25 AM IST
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London/Chicago | ByReuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar
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