United States CDC (Center for Disease Control) has informed Palau that it will provide FDA approved vaccine for COVID-19 to Palau as early as November of this year, reported Gaafar Uherbelau of the Palau’s Ministry of Health yesterday.
The vaccine will cover about 20% of the population.
Minister Dr. Emais Roberts said that one of the priorities to discuss with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Espers in this visit is access to vaccines for Palau.
It is a concern that once the vaccine becomes available, developed countries will have first access to it while poorer and smaller countries will not.
This week Australia announced $80 million (AUD) pledge toward ensuring certain countries in the Pacific and Southeast Asia have access to vaccine as soon as it made available. Palau was not on that list.
Many countries have been racing to find vaccine for COVID-19 since it was identified. Trump Administration had invested in six (6) potential vaccines.
There is currently no approved vaccine for COVID-19 according to John Hopkins University but couple of those potential vaccines in the United States have entered the third phase of their trials.

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