UNICEF, the world’s largest purchaser of vaccines, is part of the COVAX program supported by the World Health Organization to provide COVID-19 injections to emerging economies.
“We asked the world for more funding for UNICEF and our distribution to countries that we still need about $ 1 billion,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore told the Government Summit Dubai World.
This funding could be used to strengthen health systems in the poorest countries and support the distribution of vaccines there, she said.
The COVAX initiative aims to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine this year, including 1.3 billion doses to low-income countries.
Fore urged vaccine makers to sign licensing agreements so vaccines can be made locally, naming Africa as one of the markets in need.
She also said that the COVAX program was unlikely to be able to cover the world in 2021.
“There is still a lot to do and we could do it with more help and assistance,” Fore said. (Reuters / NAN)
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