Sun. May 16th, 2021
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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that its program to help get vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 to all countries in need, whether rich or poor, has gained access to nearly 2 billion doses of several vaccine candidates.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the agreements mean that some 190 countries and economies participating in the COVAX program will have access to vaccines “during the first half of next year.”

The arrangements bring together pharmaceutical makers including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and the Serum Institute of India.

He said the message is “vaccines will complement, not replace, the existing effective tools we have for suppressing transmission and saving lives.”

Earlier, there were fears that poorer countries will not be able to get their supplies of Covid-19 vaccines as richer nations have started hoarding them.When it comes to developing Covid-19 vaccines, Pfizer along with BioNTech and Moderna are leading in the United States, while China has Sinovac Biotech accelerating its vaccine testing. SOVEREIGNPH

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