Bill Gates to Support Nigeria and Others with Extra $50m for Covid-19 Vaccines

Bill Gates to Support Nigeria and Others with Extra $50m for Covid-19 Vaccines

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is pledging $50 million to Nigeria and 91 other countries for vaccines in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

It was announced during Gavi’s COVAX AMC Summit co-hosted with Japan. The event welcomed world leaders, private sectors, civil societies, and technical partners in joining hands to procure more Covid-19 vaccines for equitable distribution around the world. Through Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC), the vaccines will then be delivered to the respective countries.

The foundation has been highly committed to the fight against the deadly disease with about $1.8 billion donations so far.

“The world must urgently come together to expand equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, or we risk more deaths and the emergence of new variants that could prolong the pandemic for everyone,” says Mark Suzman, the CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Judging from the current state of things, it is true that high-income countries have reserved more vaccines than they actually need.

“Thanks to today’s contributions, especially Japan’s generous pledge and its leadership in global health, we’ve taken an important step towards that goal. This summit is a powerful example of what can be achieved when we act collectively to control the pandemic and save lives.”

Throwing more emphasis on equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, the foundation encouraged high-income countries to share at least a billion excess vaccines in regions where income is low.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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