UNICEF Strikes Deal To Buy Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine
Supply Will Depend On Emergency Use Listing By The WHO
A new procurement deal will add to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines at global level. However, the leaders of the COVAX Facility say that by the end of June they will face a shortfall of 190 million doses, mainly because of the crisis in India, and are calling on wealthier countries to increase their donations.
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In a sign of growing support for more equitable vaccine distribution, many donors have pledged either money or doses to lower-income economies. The World Health Organization has granted emergency use listing to another Chinese vaccine, and Russia’s Sputnik V is to be produced in Bahrain for the MENA region.
Vaccination campaigns against the coronavirus in the EU are recovering ground lost in the early days of the pandemic, although the European Commission says “we need to keep up the effort.”
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