A US plan to quickly share Covid-19 vaccine doses with poorer countries is an “important start,” but more injections are urgently needed to fill a gap caused by Indian supply disruptions and delays in manufacturing, a senior WHO adviser said on Friday.
“We are seeing a great commitment, the challenge is to advance those commitments so that in June, July and August we get vaccines to the people,” Bruce Aylward said at a UN press conference, referring to a plan by the United States to share quickly 25 million doses.
He estimated that disruptions in the export of vaccines from India and delays in getting other vaccines online meant that Covax’s exchange scheme had a gap of around 200 million doses.
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