The World Health Organization (WHO), announced on Sunday, that the international mechanism Covax, intended to promote access to vaccines against Covid-19 in poor countries, has crossed the symbolic milestone of “a first billion of doses distributed in 144 countries.
A press release from the organization specifies that “on January 15, a delivery of 1.1 million Covid-19 vaccines to Rwanda brought the number of doses supplied through Covax to one billion”.
For Seth Berkley, Executive Director of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance created in 2020 with the WHO and the Cepi coalition, “this is a key step in the largest and fastest distribution of a vaccine in history. “. The first dose was delivered in February to Ghana.
“COVAX has delivered its first billionth dose of #COVID19 vaccines to 144 countries and territories around the world. This is a key milestone in the largest and fastest global vaccine deployment in history, but the world stands at another crossroads in our fight against COVID-19,” he said. he tweeted.
#COVAX has delivered its first billionth dose of #COVID19 vaccinates to 144 countries & territories across the world. It’s a key milestone in the largest and most rapid global vaccine rollout in history but the world stands at yet another crossroads in our fight against COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/UdFLRguZT5
— Seth Berkley (@GaviSeth) January 15, 2022
Nearly 90% of the doses distributed were financed by donations to Gavi, the total amount of which amounts to more than 10 billion dollars, he also welcomed.
Covax hoped to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.
On Thursday, WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out that while 9.4 billion doses have been injected worldwide, more than 85% of Africans have yet to receive a single one.