June 13, 21 - 1:18 pm - LABS

G7 adopts plan to distribute 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries by 2022

According to the Guardian and Reuters, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that the G7 will follow a plan involving donating more than one billion doses of vaccines, directly or via the WHO’s COVAX facility, against the coronavirus poor countries by the end of 2022. Minutes later Johnson’s speech, WHO sent a statement to the press to state that the pledge is for “at least 870 million doses”.

In addition to the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States are part of the bloc. The U.S. initiative announced on Thursday to donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is part of that G7 promise.

Bolivia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua are some of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that will receive vaccines.

G7 UK 2021 summit meeting with Boris Johnson and Joe Biden
Photo: Justin Goff/G7 Cornwall 2021

In anticipation of the large volumes available through the COVAX Facility deals portfolio later in the year, COVAX also urges multilateral development banks to urgently release funding to help countries prepare their health systems for large-scale rollout of vaccines in the coming months.