At the heart of Cowie is Dr. Seth Berkeley, CEO of the nonprofit Caviar, who made the shortage of adequate initial funding inevitable. When distribution problems in Chad and Benin emerge, Kovacs “tries to move those vaccines to other countries, but then try to improve efficiency with those countries,” he said.
Proponents and critics alike agree that the plan needs to be improved as soon as possible. In early July, secret Kovacs documents revealed that 22 countries, some with casualties, were almost or completely absent from the plan.
“The way Kovacs were packaged and stamped, African nations thought they would be their savior,” says Dr. Catherine Kyoputungi, who runs the African Population and Health Research Center. “When it doesn’t meet expectations, there’s nothing else.”
Rich and poor
In the tumultuous early months of 2020, health experts were strategizing How to vaccinate the world equally. Covax responds that the two Gates-funded nonprofits are the Poetry and Epidemiological Prevention Association or CEPI; World Health Organization; And UNICEF, leading to distribution efforts. It was hoped that it would become a major global vaccine buyer, helping rich and poor countries to bully vaccine makers.
But if rich countries Guaranteed donationsThey do not form compelling allies. Britain is creating delays for wealthy participants to choose vaccines to buy through Kovacs, said Kate Elder, senior vaccination policy consultant for the Doctor Without Borders access campaign.
The most important, rich countries Became competitors in the vaccine purchase competition, Pays premiums to protect their own shots while paying slow-moving financial pledges that Kovacs have to sign contracts.
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