UNICEF’s COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard
The UNICEF has recently launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard as the designated COVAX procurement coordinator and procurement agent.
About the Dashboard
- It is an interactive tool for countries and industries to follow the developments of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 vaccines. It will also act as a platform to learn about the efforts of the COVAX facility. With this, the UNICEF aims to ensure fair and equitable access of COVID-19 vaccine for all countries.
- The dashboard will also provide regular updates on global research and development of COVID-19 vaccine, publicly announced bilateral and multilateral supply agreement, projected production capacity and reported price points.
- The dashboard is to be extended to provide visibility of progress towards the goal of COVAX facility. The extension is based on the UNICEF-PAHO cooperation.
- The dashboard will provide details to track the status of deliveries by UNICEF and other participating national and institutional buyers.
COVAX is the vaccine pillar of the ACT-Accelerator. COVAX aims to develop, buy and equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines. It is led by CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation), vaccine alliance, GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation). It aims to bring countries, vaccine manufacturers under one platform. US refused to join COVAX.
It aims to secure two billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021. It will work to prevent vaccine nationalism. It will enable vaccine manufacturers higher expertise in large scale production.
It is the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator. It is a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to new COVID-19 diagnostics.
PAHO is Pan American Health Organisation. It is a specialised international health agency. IT works with countries throughout the region to improve and protect the health of the people.
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