Deputy Prime Minister Christie Freeland made the promise at the G20 summit in Rome.
Canada will donate millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine as wealthy countries struggle to send more vaccines to developing countries, Deputy Prime Minister Christie Freeland said on Saturday.
Speaking to reporters at the G20 summit in Rome, Freeland said Canada had increased its current commitment to COVAX, a vaccine distribution program coordinated by the World Health Organization and other groups, to increase about 73 million vaccinations to ensure COVID-20 infection. is. Worldwide, 19 vaccines are easier.
Saturday’s announcement comes in addition to the 127 million doses previously promised to Canada by COVAX.
Of the 73 million people made on Saturday, Canada will immediately donate 10 million doses of Modernna to the Vaccine Sharing Association – products previously distributed in Canada will be redistributed to other countries in need now. Canada will then supply cash to COVAX, which will be able to receive an additional 63 million doses by the end of 2022, promising a total of 200 million doses.
One of the topics on the agenda of the two-day meeting of the world’s largest economies is the equality of vaccines.
The Italian summit, the first major face-to-face meeting since the outbreak began almost two years ago, also aims to address the economic challenges posed by the epidemic, including climate change, inflation and supply disruptions.
Wealthy countries have been successful in purchasing effective, life-saving vaccines from companies such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna, but low- and middle-income countries have struggled to access them.
At the beginning of the pandemic, COVAX was designed to distribute grain evenly, but supply constraints, such as rich countries stocking vaccines, have hampered supply in Africa and elsewhere.
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More than 240 million are unused in Canada, the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom, according to a study compiled by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who heads a coalition of former world leaders fighting for a better distribution of firearms. Vaccines on hand.
At the same time, less than four percent of the population in low-income countries is fully vaccinated.
In a letter to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi ahead of the G20 summit, Brown said the availability of such vaccines was “troubling the world.”
Draghi said he heard a call for cooperation at a summit on Saturday. An Italian economist said the stagnation of vaccination rates was a tragedy for humanity, making the poorest people more vulnerable to deadly diseases and dragging down the global economy.
“These differences are morally unacceptable and are detrimental to the global recovery. We must do everything we can to reach 70 percent by mid-2022,” Draghi said at the opening ceremony. mentioned the goal. will be shot by next year.
Freeland’s commitment is not the first time Canada has shot at people in need. Earlier this year, Canada pledged $ 40 million to COVAX, including some products it had agreed to buy from companies such as AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax. The government also purchased 87 million doses of COVAX and allocated more than $ 500 million in cash to help improve the delivery process.
However, according to the government, less than three million Canadian donations have fallen into the hands of the world’s poorest countries.