As the world battles with the coronavirus pandemic, efforts are being intensified to produce vaccines.
Leading the global efforts to find the vaccines are the World Health Organization, the GAVI vaccine alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.
The organisations have come up with a programme tagged COVAX vaccine initiative which is not only concerned with the production of the vaccines but also the distribution when they (the vaccines) become available.
According to Axios, about 183 countries with a combined 93% of the world's population have directly or indirectly subscribed to the COVAX initiative.
Legit.ng gathers that China is the latest country to signify interest in being part of the initiative while the United States and some other countries have refused to be part of it for various reasons.
How the vaccines will be distributed
COVAX is working to invest in the development of nine different vaccine candidates through contributions from member countries.
Though the vaccines are still in the development stage, there are already efforts to map out the distribution strategy.
According to the plan, the initial distribution will be based on the population of the participant countries.
Also, guidelines will be drafted to prioritise health workers and vulnerable groups in terms of vaccination.
COVAX reportedly plans to distribute 2 billion doses to all participant countries by the end of 2021.
Ten Covid-19 vaccines are currently in phase III trials
So far, 10 coronavirus vaccines are closer to being fully developed, that is, they are now in the phase III trials.
Four of the vaccines were developed in China (CanSino, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Wuhan Institute), three in the US (Moderna, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson).
The remaining three are from the United Kingdom (Oxford/AstraZeneca), Russia (Gamaleya Institute), and an international collaboration (BioNTech/Pfizer/Fosun).
How COVID-19 increased child labour in Lagos state
Apart from the damaging impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the health sector, other sectors have also been badly hit.
A report by Legit.ng documents how Covid-19 propelled the scourge of child labour in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial nerve centre, due to the economic hardship faced by residents.
The reported highlighted the stories of two young children who were forced to help their parents in their businesses to make ends meet, especially during the lockdown period.
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