COVAX: Togo, and others, to get new funds to fight Covid-19

Thursday, 03 June 2021 16:17
COVAX: Togo, and others, to get new funds to fight Covid-19

(Togo First) - The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and Japan will disburse $2.4 billion to support the States adhering to the COVAX initiative, Togo included. The decision was taken on the sidelines of the One World Protected summit, which is dedicated to Covid vaccines.

The funds, raised by 40 private and public donors, add up to $6.3 billion mobilized before the One World Protected campaign launched on April 15. The total amount exceeds the target initially set ($8.3 billion) for the Gavi COVAX AMC initiative. 

It will also enable COVAX to reach its goal of delivering 2 billion doses globally in 2021 and to order, by early 2022, 1.8 billion doses of vaccine for low-income countries that adhere to the initiative.

Commenting on the summit, which he took part to virtually, President Faure Gnassingbé: “This summit, which brings together leaders from donor countries, COVAX-eligible countries, and international stakeholders in the fight against Covid-19, is a timely opportunity to discuss the challenges of equitable access to vaccines and funding for the COVAX program.”

As a member of the COVAX  initiative, Togo received 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca, out of three million expected by August 2021.

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