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Switzerland First to Give Covax Priority With Moderna Doses

  • Rich countries have so far been slow to narrow access gap
  • Covax program now will get 1 million Moderna doses earlier
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Switzerland has become the first and only country so far to swap places in the vaccine supply queue with the global distribution program known as Covax, expediting the delivery of a small number of Moderna Inc. doses to lower-income nations.

Covax will get access to 1 million doses of the Moderna vaccine that were originally headed to Switzerland before the end of the year, according to a statement Wednesday from the vaccine alliance Gavi. Switzerland will then take Covax’s spot and receive the doses later in 2022.