Promises of hundreds of millions of vaccines to poor countries are seen as an attempt to counter China’s expanding vaccine diplomacy.
The seven leaders are committed to donating hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the world’s poorest nations.
The head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, criticized rich countries in February, saying the spread was “highly unequal, unfair”, warned against so-called “vaccine nationalism” and “vaccine accumulation”.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adanom Gebreusus said the epidemic was continuing because of a “scandalous inequality” in vaccine distribution.
Commitments are seen as an attempt to counter China, one of the world’s largest economies but not part of the G7.
China has has delivered vaccines to 66 countriesAccording to the state-run Xinhua news agency, it has pledged 10 million doses to COVAX, which is backed by the Global Immunization Alliance (GAVI) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
COVAX aims to provide a dose of 2 billion vaccines for lower-income countries by the end of 2021.
Ahead of new promises this week, COVAX was promised only 150 million doses, which is far less than the 250 million needed by the end of September.
Below are the promises of the G7 so far.
US President Biden plans to buy and donate 500 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines in more than 90 countries. He called on the world’s democracies to do their part to help end the epidemic.
The American pharmacist Pfizer և its German partner BioNTech will provide 200 million doses in 2021 300 300 million doses in the first half of 2022, which the US will then distribute to 92 low-income countries և the African Union.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses; it must be stored at a very low temperature.
The United Kingdom
“The G7 promises to distribute vaccines to vaccinate the world by the end of next year, when millions of people will come from the UK’s surplus,” said British Prime Minister Boris John Onson.
The UK has mainly used the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine for its population, which was developed in collaboration with the University of Oxford.
Britain says the G7 leaders plan to agree to end the epidemic in 2022 by distributing and financing a quota of 1 billion.
John Onson has promised to donate at least 100 million overdoses of the coronavirus vaccine next year, including 5 million starting in the coming weeks.
The cheap AstraZeneca vaccine is a key component of the COVAX program.
EU – including Germany, France and Italy
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced that the European Union aims to provide at least 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to low- and middle-income countries by the end of 2021.
This includes France and Germany pledging 30 million doses each, and Italy promising 15 million doses.
France has also announced that it has donated 184,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Senegal through the COVAX vaccine distribution program.
Japan Aponia has announced that it will donate about 30 million doses of domestically produced vaccines through COVAX.
Taiwan, which has been relatively safe since the first year of the epidemic, is here to fight the outbreak that started last month,
Reuters reports that Canada is in talks to donate overdoses through COVAX, although it has not yet announced any commitment to donate or announce how much it plans to donate.