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COVAX delivers 38 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to some 100 countries Updated: 2021-04-09 06:59:09 KST

A massive global effort to distribute vaccines to developing nations is underway.
The COVAX facility, which ensures vaccines are shared fairly among all nations, has delivered nearly 38.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 102 countries and economies across six continents.
It's only been six weeks since it began to roll out supplieswith Ghana being the first recipient in February.
The program offers a lifeline to low-income countries in particular.
Even if their governments have not managed to secure vaccines from the manufacturers, COVAX allows them to begin inoculating health workers and others at high risk.
Over a hundred countries have been reached so far, including 61 benefiting from a mechanism essentially financed by donors.
Though there have been some delays in deliveries, COVAX still expects to deliver at least 2 billion doses of vaccines this year, and to diversify the offering beyond the AstraZeneca and Pfizer shots it's currently supplying.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, France met its target of inoculating 15 percent of the entire population with a first dose of anti-Covid vaccine, a week ahead of schedule.

"France just passed the target of 10 million people having received a first COVID-19 vaccine shot. That means we are one week ahead of the goal we set. This is a very good performance."

This comes as the country endures its third lockdown.
France is hoping a ramp-up of its vaccination campaign will help it regain control over the latest outbreak.
With mass vaccination centers across the country, the next target is 20 million doses injected by mid-May and then 30 million by mid-June.
Germany is also showing promising signs, as it achieved a record number of Covid-19 vaccinations in one daysome 656-thousand doses.more than double the speed of the previous campaign, which inoculated 300-thousand a day at most.
The increase comes after family doctors were allowed to start giving jabs.
Almost 14 percent of residents in Germany have received one dose so far.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.
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