Modern Inc. said Monday it would deliver 34 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to an international program that distributes free photos to poorer countries.
Doses will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2021 to the Covax initiative, supported by the World Health Organization, a program funded primarily by Western governments that offers free coronavirus vaccines to 92 low- and middle-income countries around the world.
Covax will retain the option to purchase another 466 million doses in 2022, according to Moderna and Gavi, one of the organizations behind the vaccine aid program.
The announcement comes as the pandemic accelerates in developing countries such as India and Brazil, which report a record number of deaths amid an influx of coronavirus infections that has overwhelmed their health systems.
As countries such as the United States, Britain and Israel move closer to vaccinating the majority of their populations, developing countries are struggling to eliminate their introduction, with vaccine manufacturers focusing on richer markets that have predetermined the majority. from their supplies.