There's No Guarantee Any COVID Vaccine Will Actually Work, Says WHO Chief

WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Besides Singapore and Brunei, the 64 higher-income economies that have signed commitment agreements to the COVAX Facility, as of September 21, include Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, as well as the European Commission on behalf of 27 European Union (EU) member states plus Norway and Iceland.

"The history of vaccine development tells us that some will fail, and some will succeed", he said, in a week that saw three top Covid-19 vaccine contenders reveal their "blueprint", responding to calls from the scientific community for greater transparency.

The alliance has not disclosed the names of the countries that are providing funding also the name of countries that are not planning to take supply of the vaccine from the scheme.

"The more candidates we test, the higher the chance we have of a safe and efficacious vaccine", he added.

The Macau SAR government confirmed Monday that it has signed an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) to participate in its COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (Covax), guaranteeing the city will be able to buy a certain amount of COVID-19 vaccine when available as part of the global program.

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The allocation of vaccines, once licensed and approved, will be guided by an Allocation Framework released today by Who following the principle of fair and equitable access, ensuring no participating economy will be left behind. The report went ahead to specify who the 3 per cent should be.

"COVID-19 is an unprecedented global crisis that demands an unprecedented global response", WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. But, Ghebreyesus warned that "vaccine nationalism" is something that will prolong a global recovery and will cause the disease to remain more widespread.

"The fastest route to ending the pandemic and accelerating the global economic recovery is to ensure some people are vaccinated in all countries, not all people in some countries", he noted.

Some countries, such as Russian Federation, have no intention of signing up to the plan, with a Russian Federation government source telling Reuters that there was no need for his country to be involved in the programme since it is developing and producing its own vaccine. All but one of those candidates are now in clinical trials.

"This is a landmark moment in the history of public health with the global community coming together to tackle this pandemic".

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"It would be Mexico's first, so to speak, binding contract for access to vaccines against COVID-19", Ebrard said at a press conference, accompanied by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Efforts to raise funds for research and development, and additional vaccine doses for low-income countries, continue.

By James PatonAn $18 billion initiative to deploy future Covid-19 vaccines around the world is moving into the next phase with 156 countries and regions taking part in the program, but China joining the US on the sidelines, at least for now. These funds will be used to accelerate the scale-up of vaccine manufacturing to reach Covax's goal of 2 billion doses by 2021. Further details on these upfront payments are available in Gavi's Covax Facility Explainer.

As the COVID-19 pandemic battered the world, many people around the world were gripped with fear for their lives. "Equitable, timely, and affordable access to a safe and effective Covid vaccine will be critical to help protect people's health".

"It's a tough time for financing given effects on the economy globally", he said. "Our country is a part of this important global response".

The partnership also follows an announcement yesterday by Health Minister Greg Hunt that the Federal Government would pour nearly $6 million into the development of three Australia-made COVID-19 vaccines.

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