GENEVA: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has announced to deliver nearly 2 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine to developing countries in 2021.
In a statement, UNICEF said it was working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide vaccines and one billion syringes to poor countries such as Burundi, Afghanistan, and Yemen under the Global COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Plan, COVAX.
According to a report by the British news agency, COVAX is being jointly led by the GAVI Vaccine Group, the World Health Organization, and the Coalition for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases.
The aim is to discourage the government from stockpiling coronavirus vaccines and to focus on providing the first-risk vaccine to the most vulnerable in each country.
Last week, during the G20 summit, leaders of the world’s 20 economies pledged to ensure a uniform distribution of corona vaccines to developing countries.
Pharmaceutical and research centres around the world are involved in the race to develop the coronavirus vaccine, and vaccine trials are underway with thousands of participants globally.