G7 provides 1 billion doses of vaccine to the world through sharing and funding mechanisms
The group of the world’s leading industrialized countries (G7) has agreed to expand global production of Covid-19 vaccines to provide at least 1 billion doses of vaccine to the world.
The statement was made by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the G7 Summit began on June 11. In addition, the UK, the host country of this conference, announced that it would donate at least 100 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine within the next year, prioritizing the poorest countries, of which 5 million doses will start to be deployed in the next few days. next week, 25 million doses by the end of the year.
According to the British Prime Minister’s office, about 80% of the above vaccines will go to the COVAX program – a vaccine sharing mechanism for poor countries initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Earlier on the same day, the US announced that it would donate 500 million doses of the vaccine to 92 countries with poor to low-middle income. The European Union (EU) member countries also agreed to donate at least 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021, of which France and Germany alone will donate 30 million doses.
The announcements come amid a growing number of calls for rich countries to increase sharing of Covid-19 vaccines with less developed countries and charities warning of “racism” vaccine race”.
The UK has so far ordered more than 400 million doses of the vaccine. The country is currently facing a lot of criticism for not donating vaccines to poorer countries. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Thanks to the success of the vaccine program, the UK is now able to share the remaining vaccine surplus with countries in need.”
According to the British Prime Minister, it is expected that at this G7 Summit, the leaders of the countries in the group will make similar commitments so that “together, we can vaccinate the whole world by the end of the year.” 2022 and bring all social activities back after the Covid-19 pandemic”.