Geneva, 26 August 2021 – The first deliveries from a pledge of 1 million doses to be donated to COVAX by Denmark have arrived, with 57,600 doses of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine to Algeria on 26 August. These will be closely followed by a delivery of 115,200 doses to Morocco. Denmark is donating doses to COVAX on top of the USD 16 million it has pledged to the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (Gavi COVAX AMC).
This donation by Denmark allows COVAX to deliver more vaccines in the third quarter of this year, before supply from COVAX purchase agreements increases in Q4, meaning that more people will be able to access vaccines now, at a time when variants are a major threat to global health and stability.
Dr Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance: “The Government of Denmark is one of the six original donors to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and has continued to support equitable access to vaccines over the last 20 years. In addition to its already generous funding of COVAX, Denmark’s dose donations will help protect health care workers and those most-at-risk wherever they are and whatever their income level.”
Flemming Møller Mortensen, Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation of Denmark: “I’m pleased that this batch of vaccines are going to help Algerians. Nobody is safe until everybody is safe. That’s why Denmark has donated 1 million vaccines and 16 million USD to COVAX – and we are committed to continue to do our part in this battle against the Pandemic.”
These doses donated by Denmark are produced by the AstraZeneca manufacturing network. Donating through COVAX helps to increase vaccine coverage, ensures that no dose goes to waste, and helps to bring an end to the acute phase of the pandemic. The design and operationalization of the COVAX dose sharing mechanism is being supported by a contribution of CAD 5 million from Canada.
The donation of doses via COVAX are enabled via tripartite agreements between Gavi, manufacturers, and donating countries. The shipments to countries will be enabled by COVAX delivery partners UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).
Over 600 million doses have already been pledged to COVAX by a number of countries in response to short-term supply challenges and the rise of new variants. Working with donor governments to operationalise growing numbers of dose-sharing pledges, COVAX expects to see more deliveries of donated doses in the weeks and months to come.