The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) is reporting that COVAX, a coalition led by the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 Vaccines, has notified countries in the Americas about the estimated dose allocation for the first phase of vaccine delivery.

In a press release sent out on Sunday, PAHO reported that 36 of the countries and territories participating in COVAX received these letters, which outlines a delivery schedule starting in the second half of February, through to the second quarter of this year.

The vaccine which Belize and these other 35 countries will receive is Oxford - AstraZeneca - which we note can be transported and stored at normal refrigerated temperatures. PAHO notes that this vaccine is still under review by WHO for emergency use approval, which is expected to occur in the next few days. It is estimated that around 35.3 million doses will be arriving in the Americas in this first stage.

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