COVID-19: Fiji among 102 recipients of COVAX-delivered vaccines – WHO
10 April, 2021, 7:30 am
Fiji is among the list of 102 ‘Facility partners’ that have received COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX.
COVAX is short for COVID-19 Vaccines Global Acess – a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by UNICEF, Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and others.
So as of April 8, 2021, the WHO stated that more than 100 economies received these “life-saving” vaccines 42 days after its first international delivery to Ghana in February.
According to WHO, COVAD has now delivered more than 38million doses across six continents, supplied by three manufacturers – Serum Institute of India, Pfizer-BioNTech, and AstraZeneca, which is being administered at present in Fiji.
“In under four months, since the very first mass vaccination outside a clinical setting anywhere in the world, it is tremendously gratifying that the roll-out of COVAX doses has already reached one hundred countries,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
“COVAX may be on track to deliver to all participating economies in the first half of the year yet we still face a daunting challenge as we seek to end the acute stage of the pandemic: we will only be safe when everybody is safe and our efforts to rapidly accelerate the volume of doses depend on the continued support of governments and vaccine manufacturers.
“As we continue with the largest and most rapid global vaccine rollout in history, this is no time for complacency.”
WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom said COVAX had given the world the “best way to ensure the fastest, most equitable rollout of safe and effective vaccines to all at-risk people in every country on the planet”.
“If we are going to realise this great opportunity, countries, producers and the international system must come together to prioritise vaccine supply through COVAX. Our collective future, literally, depends on it.”
COVAX aims to supply vaccines to all participating economies that have requested vaccines, in the first half of 2021, despite some delays in planned deliveries for March and April.
Below is the list of the 102 Facility participants – as of April 8 – that have received a combined total of 38,392,540 doses of COVAX-delivered vaccines:
- Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Cabo Verde
- Congo (DRC)
- Costa Rica
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Iran (Islamic Republic of)
- Lao People’s Democratic Republic
- North Macedonia
- Republic of Korea
- Republic of Moldova
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Viet Nam