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Moderna Plans to Supply 80 Million Doses of Covid Vaccine to EU

Moderna Plans to Supply 80 Million Doses of Covid Vaccine to EU”

India is among the 92 low- and middle-income countries which are part of the covid-19 vaccine access programme.

In order to be able to secure enough doses of vaccines to protect the most vulnerable populations, such as health workers and the elderly, the next step for the partnership is to confirm potential self-financing participants' intent to participate by August 31 and to turn these into binding commitments to join the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (Covax Facility) by September 18, with first upfront payments to follow thereafter, and no later than October 9.

The WHO chief said that the COVAX facility is crucial for joint procurement and pooling risk across multiple vaccines so that all countries signed up will have access to a safe and effective vaccine.

Speaking of ways to contain the virus, Tedros said that the lockdowns enabled many countries to suppress transmission and take the pressure off their health systems, but noted that lockdowns are not a long-term solution anywhere. In a news conference held from the agency's headquarters in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the public and world leaders need to learn to manage it and make the necessary permanent adjustments to their lives in an attempt to bring the infection statistics down.

China has been using an experimental coronavirus vaccine on people who work in "high risk" professions since July, including front line medical professionals and border inspectors, a senior official from the national health commission revealed over the weekend.

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In another development, Russia last week said it is looking for a partnership with India for producing COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V. Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) CEO Kirill Dmitriev made the announcement last week. A staff member tests samples of the COVID-19 inactivated vaccine at a vaccine production plant of China National Pharmaceutical Group, Sinopharm, in Beijing, capital of China, April 11, 2020.

Companies in various countries have been developing vaccines for Covid-19 since the start of the outbreak.

According to World Health Organization, about 172 countries are engaging with the COVAX facility, and more funding and binding commitments are needed. The European Union, Switzerland, the USA and the United Kingdom are working to strike deals with pharmaceutical countries to secure their own supplies of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

"But there's no guarantee that we will (find a vaccine soon), and even if we do ... it won't end the pandemic on its own". Now phase 3 of its clinical test is near the end while Moderna proceeds with talks on how many units of the vaccine it will manufacture for the world. "We must be courageous and ambitious in striving for a multilateral solution".

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