“I am very pleased to announce that this weekend’s leaders have committed more than a billion doses, either directly or with COVAX funding. This includes 100 million from the UK to the world’s poorest countries, another big step towards vaccinating the world,” CNN quoted him as saying.
Speaking at a press conference about the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, Johnson said: “Today, more than half a billion people are safe from vaccine development and production.”
In a statement, G7 leaders promised on Sunday to send 870 million doses of coronavirus vaccine directly to developing countries over the next year.
“We recognize the urgent need to speed up dosing, commit to distributing at least 870 million doses directly over the next year. We will make these doses available as soon as possible and aim to deliver at least half by the end of 2021. channeled primarily through COVAX to those most in need,”
The G7 promised to work with G20 leaders to increase this number of vaccines in the coming months.
“Our commitments since we last met in February 2021, including here in Carbis Bay, will deliver a billion doses over the next year. We will work with the private sector, the G20 and other countries to increase that contribution in the coming months,” the statement added.
COVAX partners on Sunday welcomed the G7’s commitment to distribute the vaccine.
“This is an important moment for global solidarity and a critical milestone in ensuring that those at risk are protected everywhere,” said Dr Seth Berkley, Gavi, CEO of the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi).
“As we pursue our goal of ending the acute phase of the pandemic, we look forward to working with countries to ensure that these promised doses quickly turn into doses,” Berkley added.
Source: The Nordic Page