To help the world get back to normal, G7 is targeting an expansion of global vaccine manufacturing and is pledging to provide up to one billion doses of anti-coronavirus jabs to the world by 2023.
This was announced by the United Kingdom, who’ll be the host country for the 47th G7 Summit.
According to Britain, it will be donating a surplus of 100 million COVID-19 vaccines to the cause, which will be delivered to countries that need it most.
G7’s decision to move comes after calls for wealthy countries to step up and share their vaccine supply with third-world countries.
The current disparity in vaccine supply around the world has been described by some as ‘vaccine apartheid.’
Britain was among the countries hard-hit by the criticism after it failed to share its 400 million COVID-19 vaccine supply to less-developed nations. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson – during the welcoming ceremony of the G7 Summit – promised that changes will be made.
“As a result of the success of the UK’s vaccine program we are now in a position to share some of our surplus doses with those who need them. In doing so we will take a massive step towards beating this pandemic for good,” he explained.
Johnson also urged his fellow G7 leaders to do more when it comes to making COVID-19 vaccines available all over the world, specifically to nations who need it most.
“At the G7 Summit I hope my fellow leaders will make similar pledges so that, together, we can vaccinate the world by the end of next year and build back better from coronavirus,” Johnson said.
The UK is expected to kick off the first phase of its donation program in September, allocating five million vaccine doses to be delivered to the world’s poorest nations. After that, 25 million will be up for donation and 95 million doses have been promised for the next year.
Most of these donated vaccines will go to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX Facility, an institution that ensures the equitable distribution of vaccines around the world.
France and Germany have also agreed to donate – each providing 30 million doses to the program.
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