“The World Bank announced that it is providing more than $4 billion for the purchase and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines to 51 developing countries, half of which are in Africa,” the agency said in a statement.
More than half of the financing comes from the International Development Association (IDA), the Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries, and is provided through grants or on very favorable terms.
“The World Bank is helping developing countries in all regions of the world with the purchase and launch of vaccines,” said Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director of Operations at the World Bank.
The money will go to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, and the Kyrgyz Republic.
It will also go to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Sao Tome, and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Ukraine, Yemen, and Zambia.
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