Canada to donate up to 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries in need: sources

OTTAWA (News 1130) – Canada will join other G7 countries in donating vaccines to low-income countries, with one source confirming up to 100 million doses.

It will not affect domestic supplies and this number includes donations already made to COVAX, a global vaccine sharing alliance.

There is no timeline yet for donating other doses. However, the source confirms that they will come either from additional purchases or from additional supplements.

Canada’s contribution will be equal to that of the UK and the EU, but less than the US

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says vaccination donations need to be accelerated to end the pandemic.

“If we follow the current path, the world will be vaccinated by the end of 2024. What we are doing is engaging with the US and other G7 members,” Raab said.

The G7 as a whole is looking to donate 1 billion, and President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the US is pledging to donate 500 million doses.

“We are going to help the world lead through this pandemic, working with our global partners,” he said.

the pressure is rising On Canada for donating doses to the Global Vaccine Initiative. In early June, the government doubled its financial commitment to $440 million to help COVAX buy vaccines directly from manufacturers.

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