Global equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine, particularly for health workers and other most-at-risk populations, is the only way to mitigate the public health and economic impact of the pandemic. By the start of May 2022, more than 11 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally, and now, with a predictable supply of COVID-19 vaccines, more must be done to deliver them to those most in need.
Recognizing the urgency of turning vaccine doses into vaccinated, protected communities, WHO, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Partnership (CoVDP). The CoVDP builds on existing resources to support the AMC 92 and focuses foremost on the 34 countries that were at or below 10% coverage in January 2022. Working closely with countries to understand bottlenecks to vaccination, the CoVDP offers access to urgent operational funding, technical assistance and political engagement to rapidly scale up vaccination and monitor progress towards targets.
The CoVDP builds on the substantial body of work realized by the Country Readiness and Delivery (CRD) workstream that was part of COVAX since early 2020, and which made available global guidance and coordinated technical support for the implementation of COVID-19 vaccines.