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WHO: Vaccine Program Gets Access To Nearly 2 Billion Doses

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(AP) — The head of the World Health Organization says the U.N. health agency’s program to help get COVID-19 vaccines to all countries in need, has gained access to nearly 2 billion doses of several “promising” vaccine candidates.

None of the agreements currently include the vaccines by Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, which is already in use in the United States, Canada and Britain. The COVAX initiative co-led by WHO also has yet to receive firm pledges and a timeline from rich countries to share the vaccines they have already secured for themselves.

Of the approximately 12 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines expected to be produced next year, about 9 billion shots have already been reserved by rich countries.

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