Public health leaders and politicians have publicly committed to equitably sharing any COVID-19 vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow wealthy countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for developing ones, as reported in This is Money.
In a document sent to potential donors last month, Gavi said those giving money to its new Covax Facility would have "the opportunity to benefit from a larger portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines."
Gavi told donor governments that when an effective vaccine is found within its pool of candidates, those countries would receive doses for 20% of their population. The news source said those vaccines could be used as each nation wished.
According to the news source, poorer countries that sign up to the initiative would theoretically get vaccines at the same time to cover 20% of their populations, but they would be obligated to immunize people according to an ethical distribution framework set by the United Nations.
The donor countries are "encouraged (but not required) to donate vaccines if they have more than they need," the document says.
Seth Berkley, Gavi's CEO, said such criticisms were unhelpful, adding that Gavi needed to make investing in a global vaccine initiative attractive for rich countries. Gavi would try to persuade those countries that if they ordered vaccines already, they should not attempt to obtain more, he said.
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