The leaders of the G7 undertake to distribute one billion doses of covid-19 vaccines to poor countries with the objective of “ending the pandemic” by 2022, announced this Thursday (10) the British government.
Meeting from Friday to Sunday in south-west England, “world leaders are expected to announce that they will provide at least one billion doses of vaccines against the coronavirus, sharing and funding them,” said the UK, which has the rotating chairmanship of the group.
The G7 countries must also “establish a plan to expand vaccine production to meet this goal,” he added.
“By vaccinating more people around the world, we will not only help stop the coronavirus pandemic, but we will also reduce the risk to people in the UK” by “reducing the threat posed by vaccine resistant strains found in areas with large outbreaks “he added.
In turn, London will donate 100 million doses in excess of several laboratories thanks to the advance of its vaccination program, which has already administered almost 70 million injections.
Five million doses will be delivered before September and the rest by 2022, mainly through the international program Covax.
You USA have already pledged to provide 500 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, including 200 million this year, and French President Emmanuel Macron has asked pharmaceutical companies to donate 10% of doses sold to underserved countries.
The British G7 presidency also wants to ask the large laboratories to provide vaccines at cost price during the pandemic, such as the AstraZeneca/Oxford.
In May, Pfizer/BioNTech, Modern e Johnson & Johnson pledged to provide 3.5 billion doses at cost or discounted prices to the poorest countries in 2021 and 2022, including 1.3 billion this year.
G7 leaders will also discuss establishing “mechanisms to prevent future pandemics”.
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