Coronavirus: AstraZeneca could supply 2 billion doses of potential vaccine

Clay Curtis
June 5, 2020

The company said on Thursday that it was building a number of global supply chains "in parallel" to support access to the vaccine at no profit, noting it had secured manufacturing capacity for 2 billion doses. On Thursday, the Gates foundation pledged $1,6 billion to GAVI's five-year effort and said it would give another $100 million to buy COVID-19 vaccines for poorer countries.

"This support for routine immunisations will shore up poorer countries' healthcare systems to deal with coronavirus - and so help to stop the global spread", he told reporters on Wednesday.

If a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine is developed, Gavi will have a role in its delivery around the world.

"I urge you to join us to fortify this lifesaving alliance and inaugurate a new era of global health co-operation, which I believe is now the most essential shared endeavour of our lifetimes". It has also been suggested that it might take between 12-24 months before a vaccine is found.

The UK is Gavi's leading donor and already playing a major role in the worldwide response to Coronavirus.

"The goals of the summit include maintaining immunisation rates in developing countries, alleviating the impact of the pandemic and finding a vaccine for Covid-19 by 2025".

"We know vaccines work, which is why at today's summit we need others to step up and pledge funds to Gavi, so it can continue to save the lives of millions of children and protect everyone from infectious diseases".

The summit raised funds for Gavi, a global alliance of public and private sector organisations promoting vaccination among the world's poorest communities.

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At today's Summit, India committed US$15 million to Gavi over the next 5 years.

In his address, Prime Minister Modi said India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. According to Gavi, India is the only country that has moved from being a recipient to a donor.

Mr Gates donated $1.6bn (£1.3bn) from his foundation and Mr Johnson pledged £1.65bn over the next five years, making the United Kingdom the organisation's biggest donor.

"That's why today's Global Vaccine Summit is so important, bringing together leaders from around the world - led by the United Kingdom - to build global health security and keep us all safe from further outbreaks".

The UK is leading global efforts to find a coronavirus vaccine, as the largest donor to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations' (CEPI) coronavirus appeal.

Recent Gavi-supported modelling from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine estimated that for every coronavirus death prevented by halting vaccination campaigns in Africa, up to 140 people could die from vaccine-preventable diseases.

A long-term Merck and Wellcome Trust venture on vaccine research, policy and manufacturing will be based in Delhi.

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