Published:Wednesday, 03 Mar 2021 05:03
News Desk: Bangladesh will get 1 crore 9 lakh 8 thousand vaccines from Kovacs before next June. A plan to provide free vaccines around the world under Kovacs was unveiled on Tuesday.
According to the plan, Bangladesh is the 4th country to receive the most vaccines before June. Other countries are Nigeria, Indonesia, Pakistan and Brazil. By the end of next May, 236.2 million doses of the vaccine will be provided in 142 countries around the world.
Kovacs is a global initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide free vaccines to poor and middle-income countries to prevent corona. Ghana is the first African country to receive the vaccine. 198 countries have participated in the Kovacs program. However, not all countries are covered by the first round of vaccinations.
Poor countries lag far behind the rich in vaccination. The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Gebreasus, criticized rich countries on Monday for stockpiling vaccines. “We want to protect all the miserable people in the world,” he said.
Under the Kovacs program, Bangladesh will get 1 crore 9 lakh 8 thousand vaccines before June. Apart from this, Pakistan will get 1 crore 47 lakh 40 thousand, Nigeria 1 crore 36 lakh 56thousand, Indonesia 1 crore 17 lakh 4 thousand 800 and Brazil 91 lakh 22 thousand 400 vaccines.
The list is followed by five countries. Of these, Ethiopia will receive 8 lakh 20 thousand, Democratic Republic of the Congo 59 lakh 26 thousand, Mexico 55 lakh 32 thousand, Egypt 43 lakh 79 thousand 600 and Vietnam 41 lakh76 thousand.
Iran, Myanmar, Kenya and Uganda are also on the list. Each country will receive more than 3 million vaccines. At the end of May, India may also get a large supply of Covax vaccines.
The Pacific island of Tuvalu will receive 4,800 doses of the vaccine. Nauru and Monaco will receive only 6,200 doses of the vaccine. The Kovacs program aims to vaccinate 26 percent of the population in 92 poor countries before the end of this year.
Covax will provide 238 million doses of AstraZeneca and Oxford vaccines in the first phase. It will also include 12 lakh doses of Pfizer and Bioentech vaccines. However, Pfizer and Bioentech vaccines need to be protected at special temperatures. Two doses need to be taken for both types of vaccines.
Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Korea, India and Colombia have all been vaccinated against Covax in the first round. The first vaccine of Kovacs also reached Nigeria, Angola and Cambodia yesterday. The vaccine is also expected to reach Congo.
The first round of vaccinations is scheduled to arrive in Senegal on Wednesday. The vaccine is expected to reach 20 more countries this week.
Some rich countries were on the distribution list of Kovax vaccines. Of these, South Korea is expected to receive 22 lakh doses, Canada 16 lakh, Saudi Arabia 15 lakh, Singapore 2 lakh 45 thousand and New Zealand 2 lakh 11 thousand. Vaccines that will be distributed under the Kovacs program must be approved by the World Health Organization.
Novavax will vaccinate Covax with 1.1 billion doses. Kovacs also has contracts with Sanofi-GSK, Johnson & Johnson.