The U.N.-backed dose-sharing initiative, Covax, delivered a record number of coronavirus vaccine doses in the last month of 2021: over 309 million doses were delivered to over 70 countries in December, roughly a third of all deliveries last year in a single month.
The December achievement brings hope to donor and recipient countries alike. “It brings a tear to the eye,” says Olly Cann, director of communications at the vaccine alliance Gavi, a nonprofit that is a principal backer of the program.
Positive developments, such as increased supply and advance notice from donor countries, allowed for the surge in vaccine exports, and though it is not certain what 2022 will bring, Covax is ensuring that developing countries receive much-needed doses. “Our projections show that supply should be sufficient to vaccinate the entire global adult population and to give boosters to high-risk populations, by the first quarter of 2022,” added WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.