Gana Adhikar News Bureau, June 11 2021 :
Amidst pleas for concerted international action in tangible terms to win the battle against Covid pandemic, America is emerging as the biggest contributor in the world in the battle against the lethal Coronavirus — and following suit, other G7 nations are pledging substantial contributions.
Ahead of the G7 Summit at Carbis Bay, Cornwall in UK kickstarting today, US president Joe Biden announced America’s big-ticket action plan to buy half-a-billion doses of Pfizer Covid vaccine and donate worldwide to ‘supercharge’ the battle with the highly infectious virus.
Soon after U.S. President Joe Biden’s massive announcement today to supercharge the fight against the virus, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain would chip in with at least 100 million surplus vaccines to the poorest nations.
UK’s PM Johnson has recently urged G7 leaders to pledge to vaccinate the entire world by the end of next year (2022). G7 leaders are expected to pledge 1 billion doses during its three-day summit.
Reuters News Bureau :
Group of Seven (G7) leaders have vowed to donate hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries.
Following are the Vaccine pledges so far :
U.S. President Joe Biden plans to buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer Inc coronavirus vaccine to more than 90 countries. He has also called on the world’s democracies to do their part to help end the pandemic.
U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, will provide 200 million doses in 2021 and 300 million doses in the first half of 2022, which the United States will then distribute to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that “the G7 will pledge to distribute vaccines to inoculate the world by the end of next year, with millions coming from surplus UK stocks.”
Britain says that G7 leaders are expected to agree to provide 1 billion doses via dose sharing and financing to end the pandemic in 2022.
Johnson has pledged to donate at least 100 million surplus coronavirus vaccine doses within the next year, including 5 million beginning in the coming weeks.
EUROPEAN UNION, GERMANY, FRANCE, ITALY
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the European Union aims to donate at least 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to low- and middle-income countries by the end of 2021.
That includes a pledge by France and Germany to donate 30 million doses each, with Italy donating 15 million doses.
France has also said it has donated 184,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine to Senegal through the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme.
Japan has said it will donate about 30 million doses of vaccines produced within the country through COVAX
Japan last week delivered to Taiwan 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine for free. [nL2N2NM03O]
Reuters has reported that Canada is in talks to donate excess doses through COVAX, although it has not yet made public any firm commitment of donations, or said how much it plans to donate.
COVAX, backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), aims to secure 2 billion vaccine doses for lower-income countries by the end of 2021.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the pandemic is being perpetuated by a “scandalous inequity” in vaccine distribution.
Before the new pledges this week, some 150 million doses had been pledged to COVAX, far short of the 250 million needed by the end of September, and a target of 1 billion by year-end.
Over 2.2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered worldwide, and around 560 million of those have been given in G7 countries alone.
The global population is estimated at around 7.8 billion people, about a quarter of whom are younger than 15. Most approved COVID-19 vaccines are two-dose shots.