The Pan American Health Organization says the region of the Americas needs to vaccinate about 500 million people to control the pandemic.
The COVAX global vaccine-sharing program plans to deliver 35.3 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to 36 Caribbean and Latin American states from mid-February to the end of June, the regional office said. ‘World Health Organization.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said the Americas region needs to immunize about 500 million people to control the pandemic.
He said the WHO would complete its review within days of the University of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for the Emergency Use List (EUL).
“The number of doses and the delivery schedule are always subject to the EULA and manufacturing production capacity,” PAHO said, adding that supply agreements also need to be made with producers.
Of the 36 countries receiving AstraZeneca’s vaccine, he said four countries, namely Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador and Peru, would also receive a total of 377,910 doses of the PfizerBioNTech vaccine from mid-February. .
The GAVI alliance, the group that co-leads COVAX with the WHO, last week declared its intention to deliver 2.3 billion vaccines worldwide by the end of 2021, including 1.8 billion free doses to low-income countries.
Geneva-based GAVI was due to publish details of its country allocations on Monday.
The 36 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine ranged from regional giants in Brazil and Mexico to smaller islands like Dominica and Montserrat.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that the country plans to import an additional 870,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from India in February, as well as produce it locally.
Mexico and Argentina has reached an agreement with AstraZeneca to produce its vaccine for distribution in Latin America, with financial support from the foundation of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
Meanwhile, deliveries of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to Mexico would “most likely” resume on February 10, Lopez Obrador said, after global delivery delays by the U.S. company. Mexico was expecting around 1.5 million doses of Pfizer, he noted.
BrazilThe state of Sao Paulo expects to receive ingredients from Sinovac Biotech on Wednesday that will enable local production of 8.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the state government said in a statement on Sunday.
The ingredients are at the airport in Beijing, China, awaiting unloading and will be used by the state-funded Butantan Institute in Sao Paulo, which has a partnership with Sinovac to produce the vaccines in Brazil.