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Sabin, Dalberg, JSI establish Covid-19 vaccine equity project

30 Oct 2020 / 16:00 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sabin Vaccine Institute (Sabin) has partnered with Dalberg and JSI Research & Training Institute Inc (JSI) to create the Covid-19 Vaccine Equity Project.

Based on a statement, the Skoll Foundation is supporting the project through start-up funding of US$1 million to pilot the programme in four countries. (US$1 = RM4.157)

Following a successful pilot, the partners hope to secure additional funding to scale the project to more than 40 countries starting next year.

This collaboration will support low and middle-income country immunisation professionals in leading the equitable delivery of Covid-19 vaccines through their national immunisation programmes.

It also complements the approach outlined in the COVAX Facility, the vaccines pillar of the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator, led by the World Health Organization; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

In addition, this project also ensures that national immunisation programmes have the resources and health systems to achieve sustainable global protection from Covid-19 by 2022 and strengthen capacity for vaccination across the lifespan.

The Covid-19 Vaccine Equity Project will comprise three phases, designed to rapidly assess vaccine distribution landscape, maximise learnings and scale a successful pilot to enable equitable global delivery of vaccines.

The Skoll Foundation is funding Phases 1 and 2.

Phases of the project will accelerate equitable distribution now, before a vaccine arrives, to ensure that it reaches the most vulnerable when one becomes available. More details at vaccineequity.org

-Bernama

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