So far, only 171 countries have joined the international COVAX mechanism (“Kovax”), which should ensure equal access to coronavirus vaccines. This was announced today, October 9, at a briefing in Geneva by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adan Gebrejesus.
“This week, China and the Republic of Korea joined the COVAX mechanism, bringing the total number of countries and economies participating in this vaccine access initiative to 171,” he said. “We are in discussion with the rest of the world,” the WHO Director-General added.
As EADaily reported, Russia registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V, on August 11. In summer, the drug has successfully passed two stages of research on volunteers aged 18 to 60 years, patients have formed an immune response and antibodies. In September post-registration phase of trials began in Russia, during which 40 thousand people will be vaccinated.