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Vaccine firms promise to deliver 3.5 bn doses to poor countries at lower cost

Source : 112 Ukraine

US pharma giant Pfizer will deliver two billion doses "over the next 18 months", including one billion in 2021
14:17, 22 May 2021

AP

Coronavirus vaccine producers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will supply around 3.5 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses at cost or discount to poorer nations this year and next. This is reported by AFP with reference to the manufacturers' statement at the G20 summit.

US pharma giant Pfizer will deliver two billion doses "over the next 18 months", including one billion in 2021, chairman and chief executive Albert Bourla said.

Related: Real Covid-19 death toll may be several times higher than official one, - WHO

Moderna chief executive Stephane Bancel announced "up to 95 million doses" for 2021 and "up to 900 million" for 2022, including through the Covax vaccine-sharing programme.

Paul Stoffels, vice chairman and chief scientific officer of Johnson & Johnson, said the company had a deal with Covax for up to 200 million doses in 2021, and was discussing "the potential supply of an additional 300 million... for a combined total of up to 500 million doses."

Meanwhile, Ukraine will receive 50 million euros from the EIB for vaccination.

"The resolution (on measures to fight against coronavirus - ed.) defines that we must vaccinate 40% from the state budget. We vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated free of charge. I thank MPs for sufficient funds, namely 10 billion hryvnias (almost $36,5 mln) from the state budget," PM Shmyhal said.

Related: 4,606 new Covid-19 cases observed in Ukraine

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