Health Desk- 22 Sep 2020: A number of 64 higher income economies have joined the COVAX Facility, a global initiative that brings together governments and manufacturers to ensure eventual COVID-19 vaccines reach those in greatest need, whoever they are and wherever they live.
These 64 economies include commitments from 35 economies as well as the European Commission which will procure doses on behalf of 27 EU member states.
These participating economies will be able to insure themselves against the failure of any individual vaccine candidate and secure successful vaccines in a cost-effective and targeted way. The 64 members of the Facility will be joined by 92 low- and middle-income economies eligible for support for the procurement of vaccines through the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), a financing instrument aimed at supporting the procurement of vaccines for these countries.
With the Commitment Agreements secured, the COVAX Facility will now start signing formal agreements with vaccine manufacturers and developers, which are partners in the COVAX effort, to secure the doses needed to end the acute phase of the pandemic by the end of 2021.