- The UK will donate at least 100 million surplus coronavirus vaccines over the next year. This includes 5 million times starting in the coming weeks.
- The donation will be added to Oxford-AstraZeneca’s contribution to the fight against COVID and the UK’s efforts to support financial support for COVAX.
- G7 leaders are expected to agree to provide a billion doses through dose sharing and financing to end the pandemic in 2022.
The Prime Minister announced today (June 11, 2021) that the UK will donate 100 million surplus coronavirus vaccines to the world during the next year.
The pledge precedes the G7 Summit, which begins today in Cornwall. Last week, the Prime Minister asked fellow G7 leaders to help immunize the world by the end of next year.
At the summit, world leaders will announce that they will provide the world with at least one billion coronavirus vaccines through dose sharing and financing, and plan to expand vaccine production to achieve that goal. Is expected.
The UK plans to make 5 million donations by the end of September, starting in the coming weeks, primarily for use in the world’s poorest countries. The Prime Minister also promised another 95 million donations during the next year, including 25 million by the end of 2021. Eighty percent of the 100 million doses will be sent to COVAX and the rest will be shared bilaterally with the countries in need.
By sharing 5 million doses in the coming weeks, the UK will meet the immediate demand for vaccines in the countries most affected by the coronavirus without delaying the completion of the first national vaccination program.
Immunizing more people around the world not only puts an end to the global coronavirus pandemic, but also reduces the risk to the people of the United Kingdom. This includes significantly reducing the threat posed by vaccine-resistant mutants that emerge in large outbreak areas.
The UK helped establish COVAX last year and is the fourth largest donor, promising £ 548m for this scheme. To date, COVAX has delivered 81 million doses to 129 of the world’s poorest countries. 96% of these are Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, the development of which was funded by the United Kingdom.
With the support of the British Government, Oxford-AstraZeneca distributes vaccines worldwide for non-commercial purposes. Thanks to this effort, 500 million people have been vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine so far.
The Prime Minister said:
Since the beginning of this pandemic, Britain has led efforts to protect humanity from this deadly disease. Over a year ago, we funded the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
This unprecedented model far outweighs the benefits of people. This means that more than 500 million doses have been administered in 160 countries so far.
As a result of the success of the UK vaccine program, we are now in a position to share some of our surplus doses with those who need them. In doing so, we take a big step towards defeating this pandemic forever.
At the G7 Summit, we hope that fellow leaders will make similar pledges and work together to vaccinate the world by the end of next year and better recover from the coronavirus.
The G7 will also discuss how the Prime Minister will expand the vaccine supply to the group internationally and encourage pharmaceutical companies to adopt the Oxford-AstraZeneca model, which provides costly vaccines during the pandemic. Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson have already promised to share 1.3 billion doses on a non-profit basis with developing countries.
Leaders are expected to discuss additional ways to assist countries experiencing acute coronavirus emergencies and introduce mechanisms to prevent future pandemics. This follows the commitment at the G7 Summit earlier this year.
The cost of donating UK surplus is classified as ODA. This adds to the £ 10 billion already invested in aid this year.
The dose that the UK announced today will be drawn from the UK’s expected oversupply. The 100 million figure is calculated based on the total required to vaccinate the UK population, taking into account the potential for future vaccine-resistant strains to be detected and potential supply disruptions. I am.
Later this year, the UK will also host the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26. Today, the United Kingdom also announced that it will endeavor to provide vaccines to certified delegations for which vaccines are not otherwise available, in order to ensure that more delegates can participate safely. We are working with the United Nations and partners to find ways to make this proposal a reality.
This means that the countries most affected by climate change will be able to fully participate in the debate on creating a more environmentally friendly future for the planet.
UK donates 100 million coronavirus vaccines
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