OTTAWA — COVAX plans to contribute up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, including pre-announced funding for the global vaccine-sharing initiative, according to a Canadian government source.
Dose sharing will take place once Canada’s domestic vaccine rollout is complete, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set to unveil more details during the G7 summit in the UK.
Granthshala National News with a report from ‘Glenn McGregor’
This is a breaking news update, follows the back story from The Canadian Press.
Canada still silent on vaccine-sharing details as G7 summit begins in Cornwall, UK
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enters the first day of the G7 summit as the sole leader of his democratic peers who has yet to pledge how many vaccine doses his country will give to less wealthy countries.
The United Kingdom is hoping that leaders will agree to provide other parts of the world with access to one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines through donations and funding, in the hopes that it speeds up the timeline for defeating the virus. is.
A Canadian government official speaking on condition of anonymity says Canada will pledge up to 100 million doses, including items purchased for others in a vaccine-sharing initiative.
A day before the summit, the UK promised to send at least 100 million doses within the next year, and United States President Joe Biden pledged he would send another half a billion.
France and Germany have promised to deliver at least 30 million doses this year. Japan has committed 30 million doses while Italy has promised 15 million doses.
Trudeau’s first day of meetings began on Friday with no other G7 leader, but Queen Elizabeth, in a virtual audience.
His first leader-to-leader was with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who, as host of the summit, said he wants the three-day gathering ready to make promises on ways to end the pandemic by the end of next year. Ho.
Posing for photographers and journalists, the pair stood elbow to elbow, with Johnson showing a thumbs up before their meeting began.
The G7 gathers in Carbys Bay, a mountainous seaside village in south-west England whose narrow streets have been taken over by police.
Later on Friday, G7 leaders will attend a session that focuses on how the health and economic recovery from COVID-19 can be “for all”.
Ensuring equitable access to vaccination against COVID-19 is facing a call from World Health Organization leaders as well as anti-poverty and humanitarian groups, as more than 80 percent of immunizations so far are in wealthy countries. Has happened.
Although Canada has not yet clarified its plans to donate the vaccines, it has promised that $440 million will go to COVAX, an organization to buy doses directly from manufacturers and give them to low- and middle-income countries. Vaccine-sharing initiative.
Canada has had a mixed experience with access to vaccines. Shipments in the country were slow to start in January and February, followed by the deadly third wave of the virus.
But vaccine shipments have accelerated this spring.
This week, Canada announced it would receive seven million more doses of the vaccine from Moderna in June. Procurement Minister Anita Anand said enough vaccines should be given to fully immunize 80 percent of eligible Canadians by the end of July.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 11, 2021