G7 Summit: UK to Donate At Least 100 Million Surplus COVID Vaccine Doses to Other Countries Over Next Year, Boris Johnson Promises

G7 Summit: UK to Donate At Least 100 Million Surplus COVID Vaccine Doses to Other Countries Over Next Year, Boris Johnson Promises

The UK will donate at least 100 million surplus COVID vaccines to other countries over the next year, Boris Johnson has pledged.

As he prepares to welcome world leaders in Cornwall for the G7 summit, the Prime Minister pledged to “take a giant step towards definitively defeating this pandemic”.

Mr Johnson’s action builds on his call on the world’s leading democracies to help immunize the entire world by the end of next year.

Boris Johnson wants G7 to help vaccinate the whole world by the end of next year

At this weekend’s summit, it is hoped that G7 leaders will announce their commitment to deliver at least one billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the rest of the world through dose sharing and funding.

US President Joe Biden has already proposed to reach half of that goal, by committing to purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine donate to the poorest countries.

As part of the UK’s pledge, five million doses will be given by the end of September this year – starting in the next few weeks – mainly for use in the world’s poorest countries.

Mr Johnson has also pledged to donate an additional 95 million doses over the next year, with 25 million more by the end of 2021.

Of the 100 million doses, 80% will go to the international COVAX vaccine sharing program, with the rest to be shared bilaterally with countries in need.

The government has said the first donation of five million doses will not delay the completion of the UK’s initial national immunization program.

The ministers also hope that by helping to immunize more people around the world, not only will it help end the pandemic, but it will also reduce the threat posed by vaccine-resistant variants emerging in areas where epidemics are at risk. large scale.

The Prime Minister said: “Since the onset of this pandemic, the UK has led the way in efforts to protect humanity from this deadly disease.

“Over a year ago, we funded the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on the basis that it would be distributed at cost to the world.

“This unprecedented model, which puts people above profit, means more than half a billion doses have been administered in 160 countries to date.

“Thanks to the success of the UK vaccination program, we are now able to share some of our excess doses with those who need them.

“In doing so, we will take a giant step towards defeating this pandemic for good.

“At the G7 summit, I hope my fellow leaders will make similar commitments so that together we can vaccinate the world by the end of next year and build back better from the coronavirus. “

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Mr Johnson will also call on G7 leaders to encourage pharmaceutical companies to adopt the Oxford-AstraZeneca model of providing vaccines at cost for the duration of the COVID pandemic.

However, the Cornish summit could also see some leaders continue to push for the lifting of vaccine patents – something other countries, including the UK and Germany, are opposed to.

Before his arrival in Cornwall, French President Emmanuel Macron posted on Twitter: “Dose sharing, opening up intellectual property, financing health systems. It’s up to the G7 to get involved!

The lifting of intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines was also supported by Mr Biden’s administration.


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