COVAX

International equitable vaccine effort ships 32 million shots to 61 countries 

“COVAX works” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, informing journalists that the UN-backed vaccine initiative has distributed more than 32 million vaccines to 61 countries in just one month.  

News in Brief 2 March 2021

  • We must end ‘deadly addiction’ to coal for planet’s sake, urges Guterres 
  • Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners 
  • One in four people projected to have hearing problems by 2050 
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Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners

The equitable coronavirus vaccine delivery initiative COVAX that has delivered its first doses to West Africa and Latin America in the past few days, is a credit to international solidarity, but potential obstacles must be overcome if a fully global rollout is to be achieved, UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.

‘We sink or we swim together’: 5 things you need to know about COVAX

COVAX has been trending in stories about the COVID-19 pandemic in recent days, particularly in relation to the shipment of vaccines to Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, the first to arrive in Africa. Here’s a UN News recap of what COVAX is, and why it is so important.