Spain started the donation of 7.5 million vaccines against the coronavirus to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be distributed through the COVAX mechanism.
Thus, and after the agreement reached between AstraZeneca, COVAX and Spain, the first donations will amount to more than 750,000 doses and they will have as destination Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua.
COVAX is a mechanism coordinated by the Vaccine Alliance (GAVI), the Coalition for Innovation in Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The donation of vaccines from Spain will be made through the COVAX mechanism. Photo: REUTER
The government of Pedro Sánchez committed a total of 22.5 million of authorized vaccines in the European Union and used in Spain, of which at least 7.5 million will go to Ibero-American countries.
Donations will be channeled through COVAX with the logistical support of UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in line with Spain’s desire to articulate a multilateral response to the crisis caused by the coronavirus.
The distribution of the doses destined for Latin America and the Caribbean is made based on the epidemiological needs of the different countries of the region and the coordination of actions of the different actors involved that COVAX carries out.
The distribution will be progressive, as Spain makes the vaccines available to the mechanism.
The first recipient countries are: Paraguay, which will receive 252,000 doses; Guatemala, 201,600; Ecuador and Peru, 101,760 respectively; and Nicaragua: 97,920. Shipments will materialize in the next few days.
In addition, Spain is currently processing contributions to the Accelerator of Access to Tools against COVID-19 (ACT-A) worth 125 million euros, to which will be added an additional contribution of 50 million euros to COVAX through GAVI.
All this is inscribed under the Universal Access Plan: Sharing vaccines against Covid-19. Solidarity Vaccination, approved by the Spanish Executive last January, and which defines the donation strategy.
The main objective of this plan is to help ensure a fair, affordable and universal access to the vaccine as a global public good, in order to respond to the call for solidarity from Spanish society.
Spain coordinates the donation of vaccines with the EU and its member states, which have so far contributed 2.47 billion euros to COVAX.
The aim of the mechanism is to immunize at least the 20 percent of the population of the 190 nations that make it up before the end of the year.