Canada is expected to announce a donation of up to 100 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, part of a one billion dose pledge that is expected to emerge from all participating countries at the G7 summit later this week.
According to a Canadian government source, the 100 million doses will include past contributions, such as the $440 million given to the COVAX program, which distributes COVID-19 shots in low- and middle-income countries.
It is not yet clear how much of the 100 million doses will be a new contribution, but the official speaking on the background said some of Canada’s surplus doses will be part of the amount.
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The source also stressed that the donation would not affect Canada’s vaccine rollout, but would not indicate whether surplus doses would be donated to other countries before each Canadian is given two shots.
More details are promised in an announcement coming by the end of the weekend.
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden, speaking from the summit with Pfizer’s chief executive, pledged to buy and donate 500 million new doses – half of a billion total.
The first working session of the G7 leaders is Friday afternoon.
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