On Monday, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called on countries of the world to join the "Kovacs" plan before the deadline expires on Friday, to ensure that any vaccine to prevent the emerging corona virus is distributed fairly and effectively.
Tedros said in a regional event of the Organization for Europe that was broadcast on the Internet: "If the people of middle and low-income countries do not receive vaccinations, the virus will continue to kill people, and the global economic recovery will also be delayed," according to Reuters.
So far, 92 low-income countries have sought help through the "Kovacs" plan, which is part of the organization's (Act Accelerator) umbrella to promote the development of vaccines, treatment methods and diagnostics to combat the Covid-19 epidemic.
About 80 of the highest-income countries have expressed interest in the initiative, but many of them must confirm their intention to join by the end of this week.
According to the United Nations Children's Fund, "UNICEF", 28 pharmaceutical companies in ten countries are ready to produce unprecedented quantities of vaccines over the next two years to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
UNICEF said that 28 vaccine manufacturers have revealed annual production plans for Covid-19 vaccines until 2023.
A UNICEF market assessment revealed that "manufacturing companies are ready to mass produce unprecedented quantities of vaccines over the next year or two."
However, the companies indicated that expectations "depend to a large extent on, among other things, the success of clinical trials, the conclusion of agreements for pre-purchase, confirmation of financing, and simplification of regulatory matters and registration methods."
UNICEF's new role in "Kovacs" stems from its position as the largest single buyer of vaccines in the world.
The United Nations organization stated that it purchases more than two billion doses of vaccines annually for periodic vaccinations and combating disease outbreaks on behalf of nearly 100 countries.