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Punjab government aims to join Covax facility

Date: 17 May 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The Punjab government will be aiming to join the global Covax facility to obtain Covid-19 vaccines owing to shortage of the vaccine.

 

Background

Currently, the demand for vaccines has gone up. The rate of production has failed to keep up with demand, causing shortages.

 

Details

  • The Covax is a global platform led by World Health Organisation that aims at ensuring equitable and affordable distribution of vaccines to poor countries.

  • The Covax facility is currently working at national level and it is still not clear whether Punjab is eligible to join it.

  • India’s vaccine shortage has resulted in people waiting in long queues to get their jab. It has to administer 1 crore doses per day if it plans to immunise every individual by end of the year.

 

Vaccine shortages

  • Currently only two vaccines have been in use. Several others, including Sputnik V are in the pipelines that will ease the availability. This process will take time to implement.

  • The big problem is that vaccines are not even available in the global market. Vaccine manufacturers are struggling to meet their previous commitments.

  • The Covax facility is also currently under stress as no donors or manufacturers are willing to donate to the platform.

 

The Covax facility

  • The Covax facility was set up with help from Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

  • Its main purpose was to speed up the development and production of vaccines. It will then be made available to poor and developing countries.

  • The donated vaccines are then allocated to its member countries in a manner that will enable them to vaccinate atleast their vulnerable sections.

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