All UK adults are set to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks, but millions of people around the world are nowhere near being vaccinated. G7 countries have all bought many more doses than they need - three billion more than it takes to fully vaccinate 70% of their populations. Many poorer countries are paying the price though, struggling to access the vaccines they urgently need.
Last month, we called on the UK Government to urgently share these doses with poorer countries through COVAX. Then, at the G7 Summit, the UK announced that it will share 100 million doses. While this is a start, this completely lacks the urgency and scale required, with only 5 million of these doses committed to being shared by September. The price at which they’ll be valued is yet to be announced though, and neither has a robust and transparent plan for distributing the doses. While dose sharing is just one fight in a wider battle for global vaccine equity, it is vital that the UK strengthens its commitment and shares doses as quickly and effectively as possible, to ensure more people are protected from COVID-19.
Join us now to make sure the Government commits to distributing doses faster, pricing the doses fairly, and publishing a transparent strategy for distribution.
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Main image: National COVID 19 Vaccine Introduction Launching Program at Eka Kotebe Hospital Addis Ababa. UNICEF Ethiopia / Nahom Tesfaye