Published: Fri, February 19, 2021

Biden pledges $4bn for global Covid-19 vaccine program

Biden pledges $4bn for global Covid-19 vaccine program

The centres will share daily reports with government health management teams. The animals can carry the virus and were sold at a market in Wuhan, China, where the earliest cases of the coronavirus emerged.

To date, more than 2.44 million people have died of Covid-19 worldwide after over 110.43 million infections. Meanwhile, the U.S. coronavirus death toll is 493,098 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

According to World Health Organization, the move to roll out COVID-19 vaccines comes as new evidence shows new variants of the virus are spreading across the continent.

World Health Organization is helping countries ramp-up sequencing capacities to detect new variants.

Although the target fell well short of the threshold of 60-70 percent vaccine coverage rate to achieve herd immunity, it would give essential protection to those who are first in line, such as health care workers and those most-at-risk. Officials need to assess continued supply chain reliability and whether new vaccines are needed for variants or as a booster dose in the autumn.

(CNN)President Joe Biden will unveil a $2 billion United States contribution to a global coronavirus vaccine initiative when he speaks with the leaders of the world's leading market economies on Friday, according to senior administration officials, boosting efforts to distribute shots to low- and middle-income countries as wealthier nations snap up the limited supply.

Other wealthy nations have also begun reserving large orders of vaccines, leaving poorer nations to rely on the COVAX initiative for their populations - or on countries such as China, India and Russian Federation, who have begun directly donating their state-produced vaccines to other nations.

The company said that it has licensed its NVX-CoV2373 technology to SII with no upfront, milestone or technology transfer payments. Novavax and Gavi haven't yet finalized the advanced purchase agreement for supply of the two-shot regimen.

"This agreement brings the COVAX Facility one step closer to its goal of supplying vaccines globally and ending the acute phase of the pandemic", said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi. Approximately 12,500 residents were to receive an email or text message telling them of the delay, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement Thursday.

US President Joe Biden will pledge US$4 billion in US aid to the Covax global COVID-19 vaccination program during his virtual meeting with other G7 leaders on Friday, White House officials said.

Macron said that "hundreds of millions of vaccines are being given in rich countries" while the vaccination effort in poor countries has barely started. COVAX now includes more than 190 participating economies.

As the African continent awaits delivery of doses through COVAX, an African Union-created vaccines task force said Friday that it would be getting 300 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine in May. "It's not a power game it's a matter of public health". -BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc. shots is ramping up as of this week. The Prime Minister will also call on G7 leaders to support a treaty on pandemic preparedness through the WHO.

South Africa: A top coronavirus adviser to South Africa's government expects a slower vaccine roll-out than what has been officially mapped out.

The original was co-developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca plc.

The U.S. funding has already been approved by Congress.

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