U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced recently that his country would donate more than 100 million doses of the Covid vaccine to poorer countries in the new year.
This announcement comes against the backdrop of U.S. President Joe Biden’s commitment to donate 500 million doses to low-income countries.
The donation will be routed through COVAX – a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.
The international program is designed to ensure low-income countries aren’t left behind in the fight against Covid.
It aims to distribute enough vaccines to protect at least 20% of the population in 92 low or medium-income countries – starting with healthcare workers and the most vulnerable groups.
The program’s initial goal was to provide two billion doses of vaccines worldwide in 2021 and 1.8 billion doses to 92 poorer countries by early 2022.
Since its introduction, more than 81 million doses have been delivered to more than 120 countries worldwide, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Fiji.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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