New Delhi, Oct. 21 -- Unicef on Mondaysaid it will stockpile 520 million syringes in its warehouses by the end of this year, indicating that it expects covid-19 vaccines to be available by early 2021.

The move is to guarantee initial supply and ensure syringes arrive in countries before the vaccines. As soon as the vaccines clear trials, licensed and recommended for use, the world will need as many syringes as vaccine doses.

In 2021, assuming there are enough doses of covid-19 vaccines, Unicef is anticipating delivering over 1 billion syringes to support covid-19 vaccination efforts, on top of the 620 million syringes that it will purchase for other vaccination programmes against diseases such as measles and typhoid.

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