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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi government is expected to receive about 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccines doses under Covax Global Vaccines Facility.

In a press release on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, the Global Vaccines Alliance (GAVI) announced the first indicative allocation of Covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX Global Vaccines Facility.

Malawi is in the first set of countries to receive vaccines, for which the global roll-out is due to start this month.

According to an indicative distribution forecast announced by GAVI, Malawi will receive 1,476,000 doses of the AZD1222 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in partnership with Oxford University.

The UK was an early donor to COVAX, and one of the largest, contributing £548million to the Advanced Market Commitment (AMC), which ensures that countries such as Malawi can receive vaccines for free.

The UK is at the forefront of efforts to drive global collaboration and resourcing to develop and deliver new vaccines.

Coronavirus vaccines need to be manufactured at scale, affordably priced and available fairly throughout the world to those who need them most. No-one can be left behind.

COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO, and is a global mechanism that will make sure developing countries can access a coronavirus vaccine.

High Commissioner David Beer said: “Covid-19 is a global pandemic that needs global cooperation for a solution. No country is safe until the virus is under control everywhere. This is why the UK is proud to stand with Malawi and other countries, so that those who need vaccines can get them.

“Through COVAX, to which the UK has committed over half a billion pounds, Malawi is due to receive almost one and a half million doses that can protect frontline workers and the most vulnerable, and start to bring the pandemic under control.”

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera last weekend told the nation that the country will receive Covid-19 vaccines by end of February this year targeting 20% of the population.

As of February 3, 2021, Malawi had 25449 Covid-19 cases with 9814 recoveries and 761 deaths out of 151324 total tests since March 2020.

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