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Total of 156 nations join WHO-led global plan for COVID-19 vaccine supply

GENEVA, Sept 21 (Reuters) - A total of 156 countries have joined the global COVAX scheme intended to ensure fair distribution of supplies of future vaccines against COVID-19, an alliance led by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

The list includes 64 wealthier, self-financing countries, a statement issued by the WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance said, after a deadline of last Friday to make binding commitments.

The goal of COVAX is by the end of 2021 to deliver 2 billion doses of safe, effective vaccines around the world. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Kate Kelland and Mike Shields; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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