Feb 19, 2021
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Developed countries’ purchases of COVID vaccines exceed their population

Developed countries are buying more coronavirus vaccines than they need to vaccinate the entire population, media reported, citing a report from the ONE Campaign, an organization for the fight against poverty and preventable diseases.

The organization analyzed vaccine supply deals and concluded that to date, the US, EU, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan have received more than 3 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine. This is more than a billion more than the number of doses required to inoculate everyone living in these states, Interfax reports.

The ONE Campaign emphasized that the US and UK should share the excess doses with other states. Otherwise, billions of people on Earth will be left without the necessary protection from COVID-19, which could prolong the pandemic.

Earlier, the Russian Direct Investment Fund announced that they are ready to cooperate with the international COVAX platform. This requires that the Sputnik V vaccine be included in the list of drugs recommended by WHO for use in emergency situations.

Recall that the international mechanism COVAX WHO launched in conjunction with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the Coalition for Innovation in Preparedness for Epidemics. Under this program, high-income countries subsidize the purchase of vaccines for other countries.

Recently, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that only through COVAX can the COVID-19 vaccines be fairly distributed around the world.

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