Unprecedented quantities of vaccines could be produced by 28 manufacturers in 10 countries over the next two years to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Thursday, as it announced it would help lead efforts to procure and distribute them.
UNICEF’s role is part of a COVID-19 vaccine allocation plan – known as COVAX and co-led by the World Health Organization – that aims to buy and provide equitable access to the shots. So far, 76 wealthy nations committed to joining the COVAX effort.
The U.S., however, has opted not to join the global effort, the Trump administration said earlier this week. This, in part because the World Health Organization is involved.
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