The GAVI organization stated that due to the decline in demand, it will stop supplying Wuhan and pneumonia vaccines to 37 countries starting next year.

(European News Agency)

[Compiled Sun Yuqing/Comprehensive Report] As most countries around the world move towards opening up from the Wuhan pneumonia (new coronavirus disease, COVID-19) epidemic, the demand for vaccines has plummeted.

The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Inoculations (GAVI), a health cooperation organization that co-sponsored COVAX, a global COVID-19 vaccine distribution mechanism, resolved on the 8th that it will stop the free supply of vaccines to 37 countries, but will not stop the supply of vaccines to 54 low-income countries for the time being. vaccine aid.

"New York Times" and "Agence France-Presse" reported on the 8th that GAVI said after holding a two-day meeting in Geneva, Switzerland that the COVAX mechanism will stop providing coronavirus vaccine assistance to Egypt, Indonesia and other 37 countries starting next year, but before 2025, Funding for vaccines and transportation will continue to be provided to 54 countries, including the poorest, provided they still need them.

GAVI emphasized that although the COVAX mechanism is still preparing a contingency plan for the "worst case", in principle, it will start to integrate the routine work of advocating the vaccination of Wuhan pneumonia into GAVI.

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In addition, COVAX will pay a one-time fee to the 37 countries that have stopped supplying vaccines, encouraging countries to draw up their own vaccination plans for Wuhan pneumonia.

As for the 54 countries still receiving aid, they belong to the countries that regularly participated in the GAVI vaccination program before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

GAVI's latest decision reflects that the global demand for COVID-19 vaccines has dropped sharply, and the next vaccine promotion plan is expected to focus on high-risk groups such as the elderly and those with low immunity.

It is understood that since the establishment of the COVAX mechanism in June 2020, 1.86 billion doses of Wuhan pneumonia vaccine have been distributed to 146 countries or regions. The current average vaccination rate of countries or regions that have received the vaccine is 52%, but in the Sahara South Africa is only 26%.

It is worth noting that nine countries in the world have a vaccination rate of less than 10%.

In this regard, Kate Elder, a senior vaccine policy expert of the humanitarian aid organization "Doctors Without Borders", criticized that the decision to end the vaccine support operation before the epidemic is over and without sufficient consultation with the 37 countries is worrying. .

However, Anthony Mounts, Director of the Wuhan Pneumonia Vaccine Introduction Program of the non-profit organization "Global Health Task Force", supports the suspension of vaccine supply to 37 countries, emphasizing that he has observed a lack of global interest in the Wuhan Pneumonia Vaccine, and the suspension of supply is inevitable decision to avoid.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently estimated that about 90% of the world's population has acquired partial immunity from vaccines or infections.

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