FILE PHOTO: Director of the Pan American Health Organization Carissa Etienne makes declarations to the media during a meeting of Public Health ministers of the Mercosur trade block to discuss policies to deal with the Zika virus, in Montevideo February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Countries participating in the COVAX vaccine mechanism will receive confirmation in the next days and weeks of the timeline and number of doses for the first vaccine shipments, the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.

Countries should expect that the first vaccine deployments will be small due to limited global supplies, PAHO director Carissa Etienne said in a virtual briefing, adding that 160 million doses would be distributed in the first semester.

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