9 million vaccines will be donated bilaterally to COVAX to work on Covid-19 abroad
The vaccine is expected to begin leaving the UK this week and is set to take the Philippines within the country
The UK has promised to donate 100 million vaccines abroad by June 2022, of which 80 million will be donated to COVAX.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab announced today (Wednesday, July 28) that the UK will begin offering 9 million Covid-19 vaccines worldwide, including the Philippines, to support its pandemic efforts this week. ..
COVAX, a scheme for ensuring fair and global access to the Covid-19 vaccine, is offered 5 million doses. COVAX urgently distributes vaccines to low-income countries through a fair distribution system that prioritizes delivering vaccines to those in greatest need. An additional 4 million doses will be shared directly with the countries that need it.
The United Kingdom is donating the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Vaccine manufactured by Oxford Biomedica in Oxford and packaged in Wrexham, North Wales. The Philippines will receive 415,000 doses.
This is the first tranche of 100 million vaccines that the UK has promised to share at the G7 in Cornwall last month, with 30 million expected to be delivered by the end of the year. Of the 100 million doses, at least 80 million will be sent to COVAX and the rest will be sent directly to the country. The donation follows the pledge made by G7 leaders to vaccinate the world and end the pandemic in 2022.
This week’s rollout will help meet the urgent need for vaccines from countries around the world, including Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. High levels of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths occur in these areas.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said:
The UK has sent 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the Philippines. This is part of the first batch of 100 million doses we promised to vaccinate the poorest parts of the world as an urgent matter. We do this to help the most vulnerable people, because we all know that we are not safe until it is safe.
The UK has been at the forefront of its global response to the Covid-19, including investing £ 90m to support the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Over 500 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine are available worldwide at non-profit prices, with two-thirds directed to low- and middle-income countries.
The UK also began efforts to establish COVAX in 2020, providing a total of £ 548m to fund vaccines for low-income countries. The scheme has vaccinated more than 152 million times in more than 137 countries and territories, including 83 low- and middle-income countries. 65% of the initial vaccine dose was Oxford-AstraZeneca. COVAX aims to provide 1.8 billion vaccines to low-income countries around the world by early 2022.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said:
This is a pandemic and the Covid-19 vaccine is the best way to protect people and prevent the emergence of new variants. Through the deployment of vaccines, we want to enable developing countries, like the United Kingdom, to build barriers to protection against viruses.
The UK is one of the largest donors to COVAX, and this donation is part of our pledge to send 100 million vaccines to some of the world’s poorest countries.
The government has secured sufficient doses for all UK residents, royal territories, and foreign territories to support ongoing vaccination and booster programs.
Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which co-leads COVAX with the World Health Organization and the Infectious Disease Control Innovation Coalition, said:
The UK has been a strong supporter of COVAX since its inception, and this announcement will be made at an important time.
Global vaccine demand far exceeds supply, leaving millions of the most vulnerable vaccines unprotected. On the other hand, higher vaccination rates worldwide are one of the best shields against new variants.
In this pandemic, no one is safe until everyone is safe.
Sir Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President of BioPharmaceicals R & D at AstraZeneca, said:
Every day, we are advancing our mission to divert this pandemic by providing wide and equitable access to AstraZeneca’s vaccines. We are proud that more than 80% of the world’s countries are vaccinated and two-thirds are supplied to low- and middle-income and low-income countries.
Close cooperation between the UK Government and academic and industry partners is important to provide vaccines quickly and protect as many people as possible from this deadly virus.
Daniel Pruce, Ambassador to the Philippines of the United Kingdom, said:
The UK is helping the Covid-19 vaccine reach more countries. We have donated 415,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to the Philippines, where more people can be vaccinated.
Karito G. Galvez, Jr., Secretary of State for Peace, Presidential Peace Adviser, Chief Implementer of the Philippine National Task Force on COVID-19, and Emperor Vaccine said:
We are deeply grateful for this kind and compassionate gesture from the UK Government and your people. You are one of the leading countries in the global battle with COVID-19 because you have gone astray to protect as many people as possible through humanitarian efforts. This generous vaccine dose donation to the Philippines has put our lives to ensuring the country’s ability to provide additional protection to the country’s most vulnerable sectors, especially the safety and well-being of Filipinos. Supporting uniformed personnel nationwide.
Notes to editors:
The following footage is available on this WeTransfer link. https: //we.tl/t-aoTEEbCgml: Wockhart Facility in Lexam: AstraZeneca Vaccine Vial Manufacturing. AstraZeneca vaccine stored in a refrigerated warehouse operated by Moviant in the United Kingdom.
The donated 9 million Oxford-AstraZeneca dose is not required for domestic expansion. The dose will be British brand.
Five million vaccines have been provided to COVAX. This is a global plan to deliver the Covid-19 vaccine to developing countries and to the most vulnerable countries. Details will be announced later.
The UK has also signed contracts with Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cambodia, Gaiana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand and Vietnam for up to 4 million doses.
Vaccine doses donated on a bilateral basis are shipped by Crown Agents.
Details of future donations will be announced at a later date. Approximately 80% of the total dose will be sent to COVAX and the rest will be shared bilaterally with the country in need.
The UK has provided £ 90m to support the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. £ 25m for early R & D and £ 65m for expansion of production.
As part of its funding, the UK has made it clear that vaccines should be affordable around the world, and as a result AstraZeneca has agreed to distribute vaccines at non-profit prices during pandemics. ..
The cost of this donation is covered through UK overseas development assistance and, if necessary, exceeds the ODA spending target of 0.5% of GNI.
The UK has begun donating millions of COVID-19 vaccines to foreign countries, including the Philippines
SourceThe UK has begun donating millions of COVID-19 vaccines to foreign countries, including the Philippines