In the session on Tuesday, September 22, the Cabinet Council approved the reserve of $20 million, from the Panama Savings Fund, for the acquisition of the safest and most effective vaccine that is finally produced to control in a permanent way the COVID-19 virus.
This sum allows the National Government to access a portfolio of vaccines
through the multinational mechanism Covax Facility, which in practice is a kind of policy for adhering countries to have the vaccine
, once its effectiveness has been verified and certified, highlights a statement from the Presidency.
The Government makes this decision in the fight against the pandemic, together with other measures that seek to mitigate the consequences of the health and socioeconomic impact of the pandemic, direct and bilateral negotiations with the main pharmaceutical companies in the world.
The Covax Facility is co- chaired by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) and the World Health Organization, and was created to protect citizens. It is a mechanism designed to ensure rapid, fair and equitable access to vaccines
These countries, which would finance the vaccines
through their own budgets, would partner with ninety low-income countries supported by voluntary donations to the Gavi's COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC). According to WHO data as a whole, there are 165 partner countries that represent 60% of the world's population.