India in talks to join global vaccine development effort, says World Health Organization

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The World Health Organization on Monday announced that it was holding discussions with India about the country joining the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access or COVAX Facility, a global effort to develop and distribute coronavirus vaccines said a senior WHO advisor. 

“India is certainly eligible, like all other countries in the world to be a part of the Covax facility and discussions are ongoing in that regard”, WHO Senior Advisor Bruce Aylward said during a press briefing in Geneva. “We will welcome India’s full participation as a member of COVAX. India has extensive experience with vaccines”, he further added. 

The WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance is leading the Covax that directs at buying and distributing vaccination shots against the novel Coronavirus equitably around the world. 

More than 170 countries are involved in discussions to participate in the COVAX Facility, which is focused on speeding up the development of a drug against the Coronavirus, making sure doses for all countries, and distributing the vaccines to high-risk groups. The United States, the country with the highest number of infected cases, had said last week that it would not join the global collective, partly due to the WHO’s involvement in the process.

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