International – WHO: Two-thirds of global population now participating in COVAX initiative

Countries representing nearly two thirds of the world’s population have now signed on to The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing accelerator. In all, 64 higher income countries have joined the COVAX facility, with an additional 38 expected to join soon. The United States, Russia and China are not among the countries joining the multinational effort.
 
World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus led a 21 September press conference, attended by other WHO leaders, that provided updates on global participation in COVAX and announced a global vaccine allocation framework. The initiative aims to have 2 billion doses of vaccine available for global distribution by the end of 2021.
 
The COVAX initiative is led by the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance — and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiatives (CEPI). COVAX’s aim is “to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world,” according to the WHO COVAX webpage. The COVAX initiative fits under WHO’s Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator).
 
Thus far, the ACT Accelerator has raised just about 10% of the $35 billion it will need for “scale-up and impact,” said WHO in a press release, adding that $15 billion is needed immediately “to maintain momentum and stay on track for our ambitious timelines.”…