18 Sep, 2020 02:45 am

Exclusive: France won't buy vaccines through WHO's COVAX scheme

Exclusive: France won't buy vaccines through WHO's COVAX scheme - ministry source

FILE PHOTO: World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference in Geneva p The decision by one of the U.More than 170 countries have joined the project, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday, a day before a deadline for signing up to the facility.Instead, the official said, France will tap supplies agreed by the EU under its joint procurement programme."Nevertheless, France fully supports the principle of the facility," the official said, adding that Paris will pledge cash towards it, without saying how much it would provide.

Reuters p FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration p PARIS (Reuters) - France will provide funding for an initiative led by the World Health Organization to buy potential COVID-19 vaccines, but will not source shots through the programme, an official at the French health ministry said on Thursday.Paris took its decision even though the European Commission has softened its stance towards the WHO project, giving EU member states the option to buy vaccines through both schemes.

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