A Vaccine Alliance group called Gavi has been helping vaccinate children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases. And now, Gavi is on the mission of aiding poor countries to access the COVID-19 vaccine.
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The alliance, which comprises some of the biggest private and public organizations, has been immunizing children since 2000. They have reportedly prevented more than 13 million deaths in over 73 developing countries.
And today, they have agreed to help a total of 92 low-middle income countries, which has limited access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, chair of the Gavi board, believes the pandemic has greatly impacted the emerging nations. “These countries will have limited resources to access future COVID-19 vaccines. [And] it is our duty to support them,” he said.
He continued, “Without this support, the majority of the world’s population will continue to suffer from this disease even after we’ve developed a tool to tackle it. We can now stop this from happening.”
Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, said, “We now have the framework in place to ensure that every economy, particularly the poorest nations, don’t get left behind in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine.”
Amazingly, the alliance has received up to $2 billion to support these countries. The pledges came from the European Commission, France, Spain, Korea, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The funds will help Gavi to reserve 1 billion doses.
Dr. Berkley said, “We are incredibly grateful for the support we received so far. This vital funding not only helps us ensure lower-income economies aren’t left at the back of the queue when safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines become available. It will also play a vital role in ending the acute phase of this pandemic worldwide.”
He continued, “However, this is not the time to take our foot off the gas. We urgently need to raise at least an additional $5 billion by the end of 2021 to ensure equitable distribution of these vaccines to those who need them.”