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World Bank prepares $12bn for poor states to buy COVID-19 vaccines

David R. Malpass

The World Bank has announced a $12 billion allocation for an initiative to cover payments for coronavirus vaccines for low-income countries, The Guardian newspaper reported. David R. Malpass, President of the World Bank Group The media outlet cited World Bank President, David Malpass, as making the submission. The programme is set to ensure countries of low- and middle-income would also ...

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$35bn needed to end acute phase of COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The ACT-Accelerator, the global initiative offering a solution to speed up the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, says it needs $35 billion to meet the goal of developing new tools and producing and delivering two billion vaccine doses, 245 million treatments and 500 million diagnostic tests over the next year. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation ...

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UN chief seeks $35bn funding for WHO’s COVID-19 vaccine research

António Guterres

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday, September 10, 2020 called for a “quantum leap in funding” for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) initiative to speed up the development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. UN chief António Guterres. Photo credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten The project, known as the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT), has received $3 billion ...

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WHO roots for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine in Africa

Richard Mihigo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, September 3, 2020 that donors and industry stakeholders should allocate sufficient resources to ensure African countries had access to safe and efficacious coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Dr Richard Mihigo, Programme Area Manager of Immunisation and Vaccine Development of WHO Richard Mihigo, Programme Area Manager of Immunisation and Vaccine Development of WHO, disclosed this ...

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EU in advanced talks with biotech firm for 225m COVID-19 vaccine doses

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission and German biotech firm, CureVac, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 said they had concluded a first round of talks for the supply of no less than 225 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine to EU member states. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission The EU’s executive arm is also in talks with Johnson ...

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Over 100,000 people volunteer for COVID-19 vaccine trials in UK

Boris Johnson

More than 100,000 people have volunteered to take part in COVID-19 vaccine trials in Britain, the British government said on Monday, August 17, 2020 encouraging more to sign up for the National Health Service (NHS) COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali Researchers want volunteers from all parts of society, especially those who ...

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China’s first patent granted for COVID-19 vaccine, South Africa begins second trial

Coronavirus

China’s first patent for a COVID-19 vaccine has been granted by the country’s National Intellectual Property Administration. Coronavirus The patent was jointly applied for by a research team with the Academy of Military Sciences and CanSino Biologics Inc., a Chinese high-tech biopharmaceutical company, said a report in People’s Daily. The team led by Chen Wei, a Researcher at the Institute ...

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EU agrees to buy 300m doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine

Ursula von der Leyen

The EU has reached an agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to buy 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine if it becomes available, the European Commission said on Friday, August 14, 2020. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission The European Commission plans to buy the doses on behalf of the 27 EU countries should the vaccine be found ...

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Russia approves first COVID-19 vaccine amid concerns

Russian President, Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 that his country has become the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine, and that his own daughter has received the shot. Vladimir Putin, Russian President. Photo credit: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images The vaccine is in production and millions of people, including teachers and frontline health-care workers, will be given the shot ...

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Over $100bn needed to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines, says WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

For the vaccines alone, more than $100 billion will be needed to ensure everyone globally can access the tools to fight COVID-19, Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, has said. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Ghebreyesus stated this on Monday, August 10, 2020 ...

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