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Variants are 'wake up call' to vaccinate the world: Gavi CEO

Global vaccine alliance calls for dose sharing and $700 million from Japan

A consignment of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrives at a cold storage facility in Accra, Ghana, in early May.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The head of Gavi, the global vaccine alliance, has called for more vaccine sharing and additional funding from developed countries to urgently deliver more doses to poor countries as COVID-19 variants evolve and spread.

Gavi, which operates the WHO-backed COVAX vaccine initiative, hopes to raise $2 billion from developed countries and the private sector, including $700 million from Japan, Gavi Chief Executive Seth Berkley told Nikkei Asia.

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