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UK Begins Donation Of 100 Million Vaccines Overseas

“The UK is sending 9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the first batch of the 100 million doses we’ve pledged, to get the most vulnerable parts of the world vaccinated as a matter of urgency”.
03 Aug 2021 11:06
UK Begins Donation Of 100 Million Vaccines Overseas
Astrazeneca vaccine

On 28 July the UK began delivering 9 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:

“The UK is sending 9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the first batch of the 100 million doses we’ve pledged, to get the most vulnerable parts of the world vaccinated as a matter of urgency”.

“We’re doing this to help the most vulnerable, but also because we know we won’t be safe until everyone is safe”.

Five million doses are being offered to COVAX, the scheme to ensure equitable, global access to COVID-19 vaccines. COVAX will urgently distribute them to lower-income countries via an equitable allocation system which prioritizes delivering vaccines to people who most need them. Another 4 million doses will be shared directly with countries in need.

The UK is one of the largest donors to COVAX and this donation is part of our pledge to send 100 million vaccines to some of the world’s poorest countries.

The UK has been at the forefront of the global response to COVID-19, including through investing £90 million to support the development of the

Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Over half a billion doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been delivered at a non-profit price globally, with two-thirds going to lower- and middle-income countries.

The UK also kick-started efforts to establish COVAX in 2020, providing a total of £548 million to fund vaccines for lower income countries. The scheme has delivered more than 152 million vaccine doses to over 137 countries and territories, including in 83 lower-middle income countries.

65% of the initial vaccine doses have been Oxford-AstraZeneca.

COVAX aims to deliver 1.8 billion vaccines to lower-income countries around the world by early 2022.

The British High Commissioner to Fiji, George Edgar said, “The UK contribution to the COVAX globally has been significant. Fiji and other countries in the Pacific have benefited from COVAX donations. I congratulate Fiji on the tremendous progress made in its national vaccination programme. I also pay tribute to the governments of Australia, New Zealand, India and the United States for their generosity in donating vaccines to Fiji. Fighting COVID 19 takes international collaboration and partnership”

Feedback: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj



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