Canada to commit to sharing up to 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses: official

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Canada will commit to sharing 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in a formal announcement that will follow at the G7 summit, a senior government official said on Friday.

The statement comes on the background as a gathering of world leaders comes under increasing pressure on the Liberal government to clearly outline its strategy to contribute to the growing international effort to immunize the world’s population more quickly. He Came.

The government official was unable to define how much new money is included in the planned announcement – or direct vaccine contributions – and how much will be withdrawn from what Canada has already contributed to the World Health Organization’s vaccine initiative COVAX.

The United Kingdom dramatically raised the international stakes on Thursday by announcing a massive donation of surplus COVID-19 vaccines to countries in need.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who wants to see the world fully vaccinated by the end of next year, said late Thursday that Britain would donate 100 million doses by the end of the year.

Canada’s timeline is less clear.

The British announcement follows a pledge from the US Biden administration earlier this week to deliver 500 million doses.

Johnson announced the UK’s contribution on the eve of the G7 summit.

“I think you have to look at what the UK is doing overall because it’s huge,” he was quoted by British media during the waterfront availability.

For several weeks, Johnson has been prompting G7 countries to set a target to vaccinate the world by the end of 2022, rather than 2024 or 2025, which is the current target of health officials.

In a recent interview with Granthshala’s chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton, Johnson said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of France and Germany are looking forward to the idea and have high hopes for the summit.

“We’re looking to come up with some big numbers, because after all, no one is safe until everyone is safe,” he said.

The world’s major democracies are expected to announce that they will provide at least one billion coronavirus vaccine doses to the world at the G7 summit, which formally begins on Friday.

Canada is expected to announce contributions

Canada does not produce any COVID-19 vaccines of its own, but has been criticized by a group of 32 humanitarian agencies for not sharing any doses of imported vaccines.

Last week, International Development Minister Karina Gould told a Senate committee that while Canada would eventually share doses, it does not currently have any additional vaccines as the country is still trying to immunize every Canadian.

Canada pledges $440M to COVAX

Canada recently doubled its financial commitment to support COVAX to $440 million.

The international agency is struggling to close an immediate gap of 200 million doses that was created due to manufacturing delays and supply disruptions from India, the result of a massive outbreak in that country.

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