Coronavirus: Czech Republic won’t take part in WHO’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

Elderly people take shopping carts in front of a supermarket in Prague amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo: Reuters)

The Czech Republic will not take part in the World Health Organization-led COVAX plan to develop and distribute a vaccine against COVID-19, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on Wednesday.

“We will not join the WHO initiative for various reasons, the rules are less favorable for us than being part of the European initiative,” he told reporters. “We are going with the initiative by the European Commission, which is negotiating with producers, and the negotiations are very advanced, we will very soon take part in (an agreement) with AstraZeneca.”

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Last Update: Wednesday, 19 August 2020 KSA 15:05 - GMT 12:05