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.
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 coming 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 remainder 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 start of this pandemic, the UK has led the way in efforts to protect humanity from this deadly …
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