Coronavirus (COVID-19)—UK donates surplus vaccines to world’s poorest countries

Coronavirus (COVID-19)—UK donates surplus vaccines to world’s poorest countries

The UK has announced it will donate 100 million surplus coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to the world from 2021–2022, starting with five million doses in the coming weeks. A further 25 million doses have been pledged by the end of 2021. The announcement comes as the G7 summit begins in Cornwall, during which world leaders are expected to announce the provision of at least one billion vaccine doses to the world through dose sharing and financing to end the pandemic in 2022. The doses are primarily for use in the world's poorest countries, with 80% going to the COVAX scheme, and the remainder being shared bilaterally with countries in need. Leaders are also expected to discuss plans to expand vaccine manufacturing to achieve the goal, as well as ways of supporting countries that are experiencing acute coronavirus emergencies, and future pandemic preparedness.

Source: UK to donate 100 million coronavirus vaccine doses

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