(AP) – As the coronavirus pandemic exploded worldwide last April, global organizations banded together to help ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people would get vaccines amid the rush for shots.
Only on Wednesday did the first vaccines bought under the initiative arrive in Ghana.
The COVAX initiative is supposed to make deals to buy vaccines in bulk from drug companies and can also receive donated shots from rich countries.
Poorer nations are then supposed to receive free doses.
But the program formed by the World Health Organization, the vaccines alliance GAVI and a coalition for epidemic innovations called CEPI has been dogged by shortages of cash and supplies as well as logistical hurdles.