London: The group of seven (G7) leading countries – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA – have promised a billion doses Covid-19 vaccines to poor countries to help vaccinate the world by the end of next year, according to media reports.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised more than 100 million surplus doses, which will be delivered in the next year, the BBC reported on Friday.
The first five million doses from the UK will be given by the end of September, with another 25 million by the end of the year.
Of the 100 million Covid doses, 80 million will go to the COVAX program – the international initiative-sub-initiative – 20 million will be shared bilaterally with countries in need.
“Because of the success of the UK’s vaccination program, we are now able to share some of our surplus doses with those who need it,” Johnson said.
“By doing so, we will take a massive step to beat this pandemic for the better,” he said, adding that he hoped his fellow leaders during the summit, which begins Friday, “would make similar promises to the world against the end of next year vaccination ”.
U.S. President Joe Biden has also promised half a billion doses of Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and middle-income countries and the African Union, the report said.
While the first 200 million doses will be distributed by the end of this year, another 300 million will be distributed by June 2021.
‘The United States provides these half a billion doses without any strings attached. No strings attached, ”Biden is quoted as saying.
‘Our vaccine donations do not include pressure for favors or potential concessions. We do it to save lives, “he added.
The British government has already donated more than £ 500 million to COVAX.
Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced that by the end of June, they would be sharing at least 80 million doses of vaccine worldwide. Of these 25 million doses will be distributed this month to countries in the Caribbean and Latin America; South and Southeast Asia; Africa; and the Palestinian territories, Gaza and the West Bank. The remaining 75 percent of these vaccines are distributed by COVAX, the White House said in a statement.
France and Germany each committed 30 million doses of vaccination, while Italy promised 15 million doses.
The European Union has committed to donate at least 100 million doses coronavirus vaccines to the middle- and low-income countries before the end of the year, reports the Euronews.
Japan has promised to donate 30 million doses this year. Canada has said it will donate excess vaccine doses to COVAX, but has not yet said when or how much, the CTVnews reports.
The G7 countries account for more than a third of the world’s vaccine supply, despite the fact that they make up only 13 percent of the world population.
COVAX said last month that it should pledge another $ 2 billion to secure enough vaccines to vaccinate nearly one-third of people living in low- and middle-income countries.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization said on Thursday that 47 of the 54 countries in Africa – almost 90 percent – would miss the September target of vaccinating 10 percent of their people, unless Africa receives 225 million more doses.
With 32 million doses, Africa accounts for less than 1 percent of the more than 2.1 billion doses administered worldwide. Only 2 percent of the continent’s nearly 1.3 billion people received one dose and only 9.4 million Africans were fully vaccinated.
Source: Telangana Today