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Posted: Monday, May 17, 2021. 2:48 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX facility will have delivered its 65 millionth vaccine dose this week.

The COVAX facility was established in an effort to allow equitable access of COVID-19 vaccines to low income countries.

However, in a statement issued by UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore she calls for countries to begin donating excess doses.

“The COVAX Facility – the global COVID vaccine equity scheme – will deliver its 65 millionth dose in the coming days. It should have been at least its 170 millionth,” Fore said.

In addition, Fore reiterated the importance of allowing equitable access to vaccines for low and middle income countries.

“We are concerned that the deadly spike in India is a precursor to what will happen if those warnings remain unheeded. While the situation in India is tragic, it is not unique. Cases are exploding and health systems are struggling in countries near – like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives – and far, like Argentina and Brazil. The cost for children and families will be incalculable,” Fore added.

Director Fore says that the clearest pathway out of this pandemic is a global, equitable distribution of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics.

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