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WHO welcomes Swedish announcement to share doses of Covid-19 vaccine with COVAX – KBC

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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr Per Olsson Fridh, during his visit to WHO headquarters in Geneva.

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WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the Swedish Government’s announcement on Monday to share 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca and COVAX vaccines to provide life-saving vaccines to vulnerable people from COVID-19 in low-income countries.

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“Sweden’s announcement that it will share 1 million doses of the COVID-19 and COVAX vaccines is a good sign that should be emulated quickly, and regularly, by governments around the world to accelerate equal delivery of vaccines globally,” said Dr Tedros, who met with Sweden’s Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Per Olsson Fridh, during his visit to the WHO headquarters in Geneva.

COVAX urgently needs 20 million doses during the second quarter of 2021 to compensate for the disruption in supply caused by the growing demand for vaccines in India where COVAX’s largest supplier of AstraZeneca products relies on

Dr Tedros added: “Such assistance will ensure that people in vulnerable countries, especially in Africa, will be able to receive their second dose through the COVAX program. Sweden’s generous assistance is timely as it comes at a time when the world is in dire need. “

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WHO and its partners are advocating for countries to make donations, such as the one in Sweden, to donate from their savings to increase vaccination equipment for COVAX to increase vaccination in low-income countries and to ensure that the population in such areas receives doses of second required.

Several other countries have made similar promises recently, including New Zealand and France.

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