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Largest number of vaccines from the WHO

By Bufete Mejía & Asociados - 12/02/2021

Covax, a coalition led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Gavi to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, has notified Honduras of the allocation for the first phase of vaccine delivery in a letter to health authorities, the Pan American Health Organization (PAGO) reported. Honduras received a letter regarding the doses of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines that the country could be receiving from the second half of February through the second quarter of 2021.

Honduras requested priority in the delivery of vaccines from AstraZeneca and Pfizer from the Covax program and the GAVI alliance due to the back to back impact of the COVID pandemic and the devastating effects of hurricanes Eta and Iota in late 2020.

The Honduran President, Juan Orlando Hernández, addressed the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that Honduras has access to the largest possible number of vaccines. "We want to make Honduras an example of how we can stand up from natural disasters and the pandemic," the President said.

At the meeting participated along with President Hernandez, and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Foreign Minister, Lisandro Rosales, the Minister Coordinator of the Cabinet for Economic Reactivation, Carlos Madero, and the coordinator for the COVID emergency in Francisco Morazán province, Yolany Batres. 

After the meeting, President Hernández reported that WHO Director-General reiterated his commitment to do everything possible to make Honduras the first country in Latin America to receive the vaccine donated by the Covax program in the quantities offered.
The number of doses and delivery schedule are still subject to emergency use approval (EUL) and manufacturing production capacity, as well as establishing supply agreements between the producers, PAHO, and UNICEF. According to a Covax statement, it is estimated that around 35.3 million doses will be arriving in the Americas in this first stage.

In anticipation of vaccine delivery, the countries of the Americas participating in the Covax mechanism began the process of preparing to receive and deploy the vaccines. As Covaxcommunicates about the start of delivery of the first doses of vaccine, countries must ensure that they are ready to use the vaccines. PAHO provided technical assistance during the preparation phase.

The goal is to provide vaccines for at least 20% of the population in each country participating in Covax to protect those most at risk for severe forms of COVID-19. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 37 countries will receive vaccines through Covax. Of these, 27 will do so with their own financing and 10 will do so at no cost due to their economic condition or population size.

By Bufete Mejía & Asociados - 12/02/2021
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