A health worker simulates applying a vaccine to a volunteer during a vaccination drill before the arrival of the anti COVID-19 vaccines at Patio Bonito Tintal hospital on January 26, 2021 in Bogota, Colombia. The Colombian National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 will begin on February. The government acquired 10 million vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and 10 million from Oxford/AstraZeneca, which will serve 10 million Colombians, and another 9 million vaccines with the pharmaceutical Janssen, subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Colombia has another 20 million vaccines guaranteed through the COVAX mechanism, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO). Photo Credit: Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images

Health USA27. February 2021

Poorer Countries Are Now Promised Corona Vaccines, Too

The United States has pledged $4 billion to the COVAX initiative dedicated to guaranteeing equitable access to Corona vaccines for 92 low and middle-income governments.

With this substantial donation, the U.S. becomes the biggest COVAX donor. Germany is second with $1 billion in donation pledges. The UK, the former biggest donor, slides in third place with more than $730 million pledged as of December 2020. COVAX, which stands for COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, wishes to distribute fairly more than two billion doses to the countries that need it the most by the end of 2021.

The U.S. government will give the first $2 billion in the coming days, and the remaining $2 billion over the next two years. COVAX receives donations not only from governments but also from organizations, corporations, and foundations, including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which pledged $150 million.

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