Biontech and Pfizer want to start testing for omikron vaccine before the end of January
begin the vaccine manufacturer Pfizer and Biontech plan to test a vaccine adapted to the omikron variant before the end of January against the Corona virus to people. This explained by the scientific director of Pfizer to Business Insider. "We will test this from the end of January when we start clinical trials in which we compare the Omikron vaccine with the current vaccine," Mikael Dolfen said in a video interview on Monday.
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What is the Covax scheme? Covax was created last year to ensure that Covid vaccines are made available around the world, with richer countries subsidising costs for poorer nations. The scheme hopes to distribute enough vaccines to protect at least 20% of the population in 92 low- or
Covax is run by a number of international organisations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN children's charity, Unicef. Ghana was the first country to receive Covax vaccines in February. Since then, more than 303 million doses have been shipped through Covax to 142 countries around
Why we need COVAX . Developing a vaccine against COVID-19 is the most pressing challenge of our time - and nobody wins the race until everyone wins. The global pandemic has already caused the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and disrupted the lives of billions more. As well as reducing the tragic loss of life and helping to get the pandemic under control, introduction of a vaccine will prevent the loss of US$ 375 billion to the global economy every month. Global equitable access to a vaccine , particularly protecting health care workers and those most-at-risk is the only way to mitigate the public
a when some experts ensure that CVIV-19 enters into An endemic phase, and that developed countries are vaccinated with reminder doses, immunization of poor countries does not go to the same pace. The international COVAX system, which provides anti-Covid vaccines to poor countries, revealed to have received its billionth dose, after nearly one year of operations and a sharp accelerator shot in November and December 2021. To continue Its action, Covax also indicated to need $ 5.2 billion within three months to finance serum doses for 2022.
"In 2022, we can help stop Covid by adapting our way of doing things. whereas the doses are used quickly, in order safely and meet the preferences of countries and their hedging objectives, "said Seth Berkley, the Head of the Vaccine Alliance which is one of the pillars of COVAX with the WHO. , UNICEF and CEPI. "This will help the world reduce pandemic risks and uncertainties," he emphasized, when calling donors.
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COVAX is the vaccines ' pillar and is co-managed by three partner agencies: Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the WHO. It is the only global initiative that is working with governments and manufacturers to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide to both higher-income and lower-income countries . "The pandemic has highlighted more than ever the nexus between equity and global health security," Anuradha Gupta, deputy CEO of Gavi, said in a video statement on Feb.
COVAX , which distributes vaccines to poorer countries , has struggled to meet its early commitments amid Indian export disruptions, forcing many countries to freeze their inoculation programmes in their early phases. However, its latest supply forecast shows that the programme is on track to deliver more than 2 billion doses by early 2022. The vaccines by Sinovac and Sinopharm join nine other vaccines and vaccine candidates already in the programme including those by AstraZeneca (AZN.L) and Moderna (MRNA.O) . Some countries including Thailand and Indonesia which used
COVAX expects faster deliveries that in 2021
COVAX needs $ 3.7 billion to finance a 600 million dose reserve, which must ensure a supply without a snack and facing unexpected as well as Reminder doses or vaccines adapted to new variants. Another billion is intended to help poor countries prepare and distribute vaccines to avoid losses. Finally, $ 545 million should be used to cover costs such as transportation, syringes or insurance. For the moment, Covax received $ 192 million donors.
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Seth Berkley hopes that the next billion doses will be delivered in four or five months rather than the year it took for the first billion, when supply problems have hardly braked the operations.
COVAX, who believes can save one million lives in 2022 and divide the economic cost of the pandemic in some countries, indicates access to enough doses to vaccinate about 45% of the population from the 92 countries that benefit from donations. Vaccines. But, among these countries do not have the infrastructure for an effective vaccine campaign.
The boss of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, denounced once again vaccine iniquity, claiming that albeit 10 billion doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered so far, nearly half of the population world was not vaccinated. He pointed out that it is this iniquity that facilitated the appearance of variants as Omicron and warned that "the next could be worse". "In 2022, we can either put an end to the acute phase of the pandemic, to extend it. Global leaders have the choice, "he added.
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