Some 14.1 million doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been allotted to 47 international locations and economies for supply within the second quarter of this 12 months, the Gavi Vaccine Alliance mentioned on Monday.

Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, and Ukraine are set to be among the many most important recipients of the Pfizer vaccine between April and June, based on Gavi, which co-leads the COVAX facility with the World Health Organization (WHO) and different companions.

The COVAX programme presents a lifeline to low-income international locations specifically, permitting them to inoculate well being employees and others at excessive threat, even when their governments haven’t managed to safe vaccines from the producers.

Australia, Britain, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates are as a result of obtain their first pictures through COVAX with the Pfizer doses, which is “based on current knowledge of COVID-19 vaccine supply availability”, Gavi mentioned in a press release.

The programme delivered almost 38.four million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 102 international locations throughout six continents, six weeks after it started to roll out provides, Gavi mentioned final Thursday.

Deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine to 142 contributors below a beforehand introduced spherical had been underway, “with some delays” that will lengthen deliveries previous May, Gavi mentioned on Monday.

Reduced availability delayed some deliveries in March and April, and far of the output of the Serum Institute of India, which makes the AstraZeneca vaccine, is being saved in India, the place the variety of each day infections is spiralling.

The chief govt of Gavi, Seth Berkley, mentioned final Friday that COVAX aimed to ship one third of a billion COVID-19 doses by mid-year, on the best way to greater than 2 billion in 2021.

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