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World Bank Support for Country Access to COVID-19 Vaccines

As of June 18, 2021, the World Bank Board approved operations to support vaccine rollout in 36 countries amounting to $3.6 billion.  See the latest project financing, project documents and procurement information in the list below. More information will be shared here as it becomes available. See countries with projects under preparation.

Through this, the World Bank Group is working with partners on the largest vaccination effort in history to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 2, 2020, at the initial COVID-19 response phase, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a $6 billion Global COVID-19 Response Program (also called the COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Program, or SPRP). The program has reached over 100 countries with emergency operations to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19 and strengthen systems for public health preparedness. The timing of potential vaccine development was not known when the SPRP was approved, but global vaccine development efforts progressed rapidly. Recognizing the need for COVID-19 vaccines, on October 13, 2020, the World Bank Board approved an additional financing of $12 billion to the SPRP for developing countries to finance the acquisition and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines (read the project paper)

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Countries receiving World Bank support for vaccines

As of June 18, 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 |Press release | Procurement notices and contracts 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia (Approved: June 7, 2021)
Project financing   |Project documents |Press release | Procurement notices and contracts

Ghana (Approved: June 10, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents | Procurement notices and contracts

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

Indonesia  (Approval: June 18, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents | Press release |Procurement notices and contracts

Jordan (Approval: June 16, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents |Procurement notices and contracts

Kyrgyz, Republic of (Approval: June 3, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents | Procurement notices and contracts

Lao PDR (Approved: June 9, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents |Press release | Procurement notices and contracts

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

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

Malawi (Approval: June 15, 2021
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Moldova  (Approval: April 23, 2021
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Mongolia  (Approval: February 11, 2021)
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Mozambique (Approval: June 3, 2021)
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Nepal  (Approval: March 18, 2021)
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Pakistan (restructured project) (Approval: May 13, 2021)
Project financing  | Project documents |Press release | Procurement notices and contracts

Philippines  (Approval: March 11, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents |Press release |Procurement notices and contracts
(restructured project) (Approval: March 11, 2021)
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Rwanda 
 (Approval: April 16, 2021)
Project financing  | Project documents |Press release |Procurement notices and contracts

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

Senegal (Approval: June 2, 2021)
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Sierra Leone (Approval: May 28, 2021)
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Sri Lanka  (Approval: April 27, 2021)
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Tajikistan  (Approval: February 11, 2021)
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Togo  (Approved: June 10, 2021)
Project financing   | Project documents | Procurement notices and contracts

Tunisia  (Approval: March 26, 2021)
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Ukraine  (Approval: May 10, 2021)
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Yemen (Approval: June 17, 2021)
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Countries with projects under preparation in fiscal year 2021

Benin 
Project financing   | Project document

Cambodia
Project financing   | Project document

Comoros
Project financing   | Project document

Democratic Republic of Congo
Project financing   | Project document

Guinea
Project financing   | Project document

Guinea Bissau
Project financing   | Project document

Kenya
Project financing   | Project document

Liberia
Project financing   | Project document

Madagascar
Project financing   | Project document

Mauritania
Project financing   | Project document

Niger
Project financing   | Project document

Papua New Guinea
Project financing   | Project document

Sudan
Project financing   | Project document

Zambia
Project financing   | Project document

Background and Approach

The World Bank’s rapid mobilization of vaccine financing aims to support affordable and equitable vaccine acquisition and deployment, and to signal to potential suppliers that Bank financing is available to its clients. Such a commitment provides an incentive to the vaccine manufacturers to supply developing economies at affordable prices. All eligible Bank client countries (IBRD/IDA) can access the vaccine financing within their current lending envelopes for IDA countries and exposure limits for IBRD. The World Bank Group is working in global solidarity with COVAX, WHO, UNICEF and other partners at global and country levels to support IDA and IBRD countries. This financing can be used by countries to make payments to COVAX, including the purchase of additional doses beyond the COVAX-provided 20% as countries aim for higher levels of coverage.

IFC’s $4 billion Global Health Platform is supporting private companies in delivering health products and services – including vaccines to developing countries. This includes investments in vaccine manufacturers to foster expanded production of COVID-19 vaccines in low- and middle-income countries, with production reserved for emerging markets; ability to invest in production to address other potential bottlenecks, including vials, needles and syringes, and cold storage capacity; support for mapping COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity.

The approach draws on the World Bank Group's expertise in supporting large scale immunization programs for vaccine preventable diseases, as well as public health programs to tackle infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases.


Assessing Readiness:

The Bank is working with partners to assess the readiness of countries’ health systems for vaccine deployment and identify gaps and areas for possible investment. This allows the Bank to support each country’s priority needs. The assessments involve analysis of policy and regulatory capacities, data and tracking systems, health infrastructure, including cold chains and training of health workers. Assessments are already underway in more than 140 countries.

Vaccine eligibility:  

As the threshold for eligibility for IBRD/IDA resources in vaccine purchase, the Bank accepts either (i) regular or emergency licensure or authorization from at least one of the SRAs identified by WHO for vaccines procured and/or supplied under the COVAX Facility, as may be amended from time to time by WHO; or (ii) WHO Prequalification (PQ) or WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL).

Vaccine purchase: 

  • Collective purchase mechanisms, such as participating in COVAX;
  • Direct purchases by countries from vaccine manufacturers;
  • Purchase of excess stocks from other countries that reserve excess doses.

Vaccine distribution:

To help countries get ready to deploy vaccines and strengthen their health systems, Bank financing is used to establish policies for safe and effective deployment, expand storage and build cold chains, develop data and tracking systems, train health workers and build trust in immunizations through citizen and community engagement.