GENEVA, 3 March 2021 – Some 238.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be shipped to 142 countries by the end of May 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.
Nigeria is expected to receive the second biggest delivery of vaccine doses by the end of June 2021 at 13.65 million doses.
The top recipient worldwide, as of Tuesday, is expected to be Pakistan, confirmed to receive 14.64 million doses.
India is expected to surpass the doses to be shipped to Pakistan but the shipping plans to that country had not been finalized by close of business Tuesday.
The three other top global recipients are expected to be Indonesia (11.70 million doses), Bangladesh (10.90 million doses) and Brazil (9.12 million doeses).
Other top African recipients will be Ethiopia (7.62 million doses), the Democratic Republic of Congo (5.92 million doses) and Egypt (5.53 million doses).
Kenya and Uganda are in the next group of mass upcoming recipients with more than three million doses each
The WHO-led COVAX initiative is aimed at ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Ithopes to deliver more than two billion doses to people in 190 countries in less than a year, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The free COVID-19 vaccine doses are funded through donations and will be delivered to 92 lower- and lower-middle income countries.