LONDON (AP) – Britain’s vaccine minister on Friday denied allegations that the country was receiving key COVID-19 clasps for poorer countries, saying the 10 million doses from India had always been intended for distribution in the UK.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Nadim Za further confirmed that the Indian Serum Institute, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of vaccines, will ship doses of the vaccine developed by Oxford University և AstraZeneca to the UK.
Doctors Without Borders, such as NGOs, has raised concerns that deliveries from the Serum Institute will reduce supplies to developing countries. Ha insisted that this was not the case.
“We have, of course, received assurances from AstraZeneca և Serum that our quotas will not affect their commitment to low- and middle-income countries around the world,” he said. “And they make about 300 million doses available to low- and middle-income countries. Have you seen Anna arrive in Akana, Ghana, last week և Philippines this week… և Ivory Coast. And you will see that much more will come out of that volume as well. ”
Britain has given at least one dose of the vaccine to about 21 million people, more than 30% of the population, and plans to reach all adults by the end of July. In an effort to vaccinate as many people as possible, public health officials have recommended that most people receive a second dose after 12 weeks, rather than within the four weeks predicted. They say one dose offers a high level of protection, although two doses are needed to get the full benefits of the vaccine.
As more people are eligible for their second dose, the rate at which new patients receive their first stroke has slowed. An average of 327,000 people received the first dose of the vaccine daily in the seven days to February 28, down from a peak of 441,000 three weeks ago.
Za also said that the government has built a network of vaccination sites that can meet the growing demand, and he is confident that the July goal will be achieved for all adults.
“It has a very large deployment infrastructure that can deploy at a much faster rate than what we have tried so far,” he said.
As a result of the successful launch of the Successful Program, Britain and other rich countries have come under pressure to distribute their resources to poorer countries through a UN-backed mechanism known as COVAX.
Britain has acquired 457 million doses of vaccine rights, more than three times as much as is needed to fully vaccinate everyone in the country. Prime Minister Boris John Onson promised to give extra doses to other countries, but he did not offer a timetable.
“Most of it will be offered through COVAX,” he said. Some may be offered “through bilateral relations.”