Hackers targeting Covid-19 vaccine supply chain, IBM warns

Hackers targeting Covid-19 vaccine supply chain, IBM warns

But the preliminary advice on general principles to guide the prioritisation of target populations in a COVID-19 vaccination program in Australia notes that obese people should get the jab first.

"For the first part of rollout, clearly it is going to be Pfizer, and later on there might be our vaccine or other vaccines coming along as well".

The attempt spanned six countries linked to the Cold Chain Equipment Optimisation Platform (CCEOP) of Gavi, the global vaccine alliance which helps distribute jabs to some of the world's poorest countries.

The Advance Market Commitment (AMC) is a mechanism under the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (Covax) Facility.

The discrepancy, reported for the first time by Reuters, centres on the regimen administered to a smaller group of volunteers in the late-stage trials, of half a dose followed by a full dose.

U.S. states, cities and hospitals are scrambling to buy freezers that can safely store Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine at temperatures of minus 70 Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit), significantly below the standard for vaccines. Further data needs to be collected and processed to tell whether the vaccine is truly effective at preventing individuals from catching COVID-19, and Professor Andrew Pollard of the University of Oxford hopes this data will be released "before Christmas". "If you have a single dose, you need half the medical care infrastructure".

To fulfill the commitment to fair and equitable access, GAVI is presently fundraising to finance the costs of at least 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, which are fully subsidized donor-funded doses to ensure lower-income countries are not left behind.

The second criteria noted by Karim involves seamless integration with South Africa's already-existing inoculation platforms.

Another indigenously-developed vaccine by Zydus Cadila has also completed phase -2 clinical trial in the country.

"What we were aware of was that we were using a different batch of a vaccine from a different manufacturer".

"You've got to present the safety data, the efficacy data, and we've got to be as transparent as we can be so that people can make an informed choice and decide to take that vaccine or not". Karim adds that this is why partnering with COVAX is the best option.

"We have assessed our ultra-low freezer capabilities and capacity and are ready and willing to assist health agencies if storage capacity becomes constrained", said meat giant Smithfield's chief administrative director, Keira Lombardo. Stressing that vaccine development is a complex process, she said a lot of science has gone in making it.

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