COVID Vaccines, Health Systems Response – Country Financing

COVID Vaccines, Health Systems Response – Country Financing

Remarks by World Bank Group President David Malpass at the World Health Organization Media Briefing on COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity

Speeches & Transcripts   June 1, 2021

I join my colleagues in expressing the urgency to quickly make approved vaccines available to everyone.  

My immediate priority is for countries that have sufficient supply to quickly release doses to countries that have vaccination deployment programs. 

The World Bank has $12 billion in vaccine financing available now, and more if needed, to help countries buy and distribute COVID-19 vaccines and encourage vaccinations. 

By the end of June, we will have approved vaccination operations in over 50 countries.  These countries can immediately use vaccines from COVAX, from manufacturers, and from donor countries themselves as soon as they are made available. 

It’s vital that we speed up the supply chain.  We need to shorten the time from the manufacturing of the vaccine to shots in arms.  At present, too many doses are waiting to be allocated.  They may be stuck in paperwork; sitting in inventory somewhere; or aren’t the type of vaccine the country is able to use.  In order to maximize the number of vaccinations, doses need to be matched to country programs as soon as they are manufactured. 

It’s important to share information about the allocations so countries can plan ahead.  The World Bank is providing transparent access to very detailed information about our projects through an online portal available at https://www.worldbank.org/vaccines.  We urge other development partners to publish detailed information about their vaccine financing and deployment programs and their delivery schedules.  

Our website also links to the 140 vaccine readiness assessments referred to in our op-ed.  These will help us fill capacity gaps and rapidly add more financing operations.  The financing can be available to countries immediately.  For the poorest countries, it is on grant or highly concessional terms.  

We’re also working to expand supply and will be making announcements of investments by IFC, the World Bank Group’s private sector development arm. 

Each day counts in providing vaccine supplies to developing countries with deployment programs in place.  I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on these vital tasks. 

Thank you.

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Countries receiving World Bank support for vaccines

Updated June 2, 2021    
   This list of countries, project documents, and procurement notices and contracts will be updated as data becomes available.

Afghanistan  (Approval: March 18, 2021)
Project financing   |Project documents   | Procurement notices and contracts   

Bangladesh  (Approval: March 18, 2021)
Project financing   |Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts 

Cabo Verde  (Approval: February 11, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents   | Procurement notices and contracts

Congo (Approval: June 2, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents   | Procurement notices and contracts

Côte d’Ivoire  (Approval: April 16, 2021)Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

Ecuador  (Approval: April 1, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

El Salvador  (Approval: April 16, 2021)Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts   

Eswatini  (Approval: April 16, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts   

Ethiopia  (Approval: March 26, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

The Gambia  (Approval: December 18, 2020)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts   

Honduras  (Approval: April 16, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts   

Lebanon (restructured project)(Approval: June 26, 2017)
Project financing  | Project documents   |  Procurement notices and contracts

Lesotho (Approval: June 1, 2021)
Project financing  | Project documents   |  Procurement notices and contracts

Moldova  (Approval: April 23, 2021
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

Mongolia  (Approval: February 11, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts   

Nepal  (Approval: March 18, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

Pakistan (restructured project) (Approval: May 13, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

Philippines  (Approval: March 11, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts
(restructured project) (Approval: March 11, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts

Rwanda
 (Approval: April 16, 2021)
Project financing  | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

São Tomé e Príncipe (Approval: May 13, 2021)
Project financing  | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

Sierra Leone (Approval: May 28, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts

Sri Lanka  (Approval: April 27, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts

Tajikistan
 (Approval: February 11, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

Tunisia  (Approval: March 26, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts  

Ukraine  (Approval: May 10, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents  | Procurement notices and contracts