Beginning in 2022, Brazil will face more difficulties if it wants to expand the purchase of vaccine doses from the WAO-formed Kovacs Federation.
At a meeting this week, the Geneva-based mechanism decided to modify its laws next year to expand the distribution of vaccines in the world’s poorest countries. But for that, it will encourage emerging economies like Brazil to expand their purchases of vaccines.
Its goal is to prioritize the most vulnerable and create laws that reduce the number of participants in vaccine purchases. The plan is that in the current 190 countries, one-third will stop issuing new orders.
In April 2020, the WHO launched a program to try to prevent a vaccine racism in the world. The fund was created with the aim of accumulating quantities and guaranteeing the distribution of quantities to poor countries. Initially Brazil did not join.
When he decided to be part of the project, he had the opportunity to receive 86 million doses from Kovacs, which is enough for 20% of its population. Despite the possibility of refunding or giving up in the middle of the process, Brazil was reluctant. The final decision of the Palacio do Planaldo is to purchase only 43 million doses, which is the minimum set by the organizers.
As the shortage of quantities became apparent in Brazil, the government began talking to the WHO to assess the feasibility of expanding Kovacs’ purchases.
But, at the end of this week, it was established by the mechanism that governments wishing to make new purchases must pay the full charge for the entire order before any delivery.
In other words: for countries like Brazil, South Africa, Mexico or Argentina, a new series of vaccine reservations must be fully banked in action, which could pose a hurdle for governments.
Today, money is paid for as quantities are released. However, for Kovacs, the financial risk lies with the company. In addition, the situation still prevents the federation from taking more action to guarantee vaccinations for the world’s 92 poorest countries.
Today, only 1.5% of the world’s vaccines are available in Africa. According to the WHO, this is a “moral failure” and a new dimension of inequality.