Canada to share up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine with developing countries – –

Canada to share up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine with developing countries – –

OTTAWA – Canada plans to deliver up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, including actual doses and through previously announced funding for the COVAX Global Vaccine Sharing Initiative.

Dose sharing will take place once the national vaccine rollout in Canada is complete, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau preparing to unveil more details at the G7 summit in the UK, according to a government source.

Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK, Ralph Goodale, later confirmed that Canada’s pledge would include both actual doses and cash donations.

“It will take more and more will come,” said Goodale, reaffirming that there will be “no negative impact on the immunization plan for Canadians”.

The donation is part of a global G7 goal for leaders to agree to provide access to up to a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to low- and middle-income countries, after countries wealthy have been accused of hoarding vaccines while others struggle to access the supply.

The confirmation comes after Trudeau was the only leader among his G7 peers who had yet to define what his country’s contribution would be.

The Prime Minister has explained on several occasions how Canada’s position is that until COVID-19 is controlled everywhere, the pandemic will not really be over anywhere, given the risks of new variants and epidemics.

Canada has been criticized for tapping into the COVAX supply for access to AstraZeneca vaccines, although the government has taken the position that Canada is using the program as designed, and noted that it is the one of the main donors to the effort.

Canada spent $ 440 million on the COVAX initiative, half of which was for Canada to be able to obtain up to 15 million doses for use in that country, and the other $ 220 million for the purchase of vaccines by low-income countries.

The day before the G7 summit, the UK pledged to send at least 100 million doses over the next year, and US President Joe Biden has pledged to send another half a billion.

France and Germany have pledged at least 30 million doses this year. Japan has also pledged 30 million doses while Italy has pledged 15 million.

The G7 summit in Cornwall, UK kicked off on Friday, with events throughout the weekend. This is Trudeau’s first international trip since the start of the pandemic.

Trudeau’s first day of meetings began in a virtual audience with Queen Elizabeth, and Goodale told reporters on Friday that the Prime Minister told him about COVID-19, Kamloops Residential School graves, Colombia. British, the attack on London and the process of choosing a new governor general. Goodale said Trudeau expects to have a brief face-to-face interaction with the Queen at a party.

Trudeau also met face-to-face with summit host British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said he wants the three-day rally to make plans to end the pandemic by the end of the year. next year.

With reporting by Glen McGregor of CTV National News and files from The Canadian Press.


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