The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Europe, Hans Henri Kluge, has warned countries against concluding bilateral deals that could harm the COVAX coronavirus vaccine distribution facility.
Kluge said at a WHO briefing on Thursday that “the COVAX mechanism is the only global mechanism to equalise access to vaccines between countries.
“So what we would like to avoid, obviously, any bilateral deals that hurt or are a setback to the COVAX facility, which is now starting to deliver all over the world.”
COVAX aims to ship close to two billion doses of vaccines by the end of 2021.
It has recently started a roll-out of Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccines and is looking to add more to its portfolio.
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