Poorer countries could start getting COVID vaccines this month-WHO - (Fidelity via NewsPoints Desk)

  • World Health Organization immunisation director Kate O'Brien said on Thursday that poorer nations could start receiving COVID-19 vaccines as soon as this month from the COVAX facility, as reported Fidelity.

  • According to O'Brien, the COVAX facility has raised $6 billion of the $7 billion that it has sought in 2021 to help finance deliveries to 92 developing countries.

  • "So the facility has access to over 2 billion doses of vaccine," O'Brien said, adding that "we will start to deliver those vaccines probably by the end of January, and if not, then certainly by early February and mid-February."

  • Around 15 vaccine developers have submitted data to the WHO, O'Brien said, adding that "we do expect to be emergency-use listing additional vaccines in the coming weeks and the short next months."

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