G7 summit: Germany pledges to donate 350 million doses of vaccine to countries

 At the G7 summit taking place in the UK, the leaders repeatedly made commitments to give vaccine aid to poor countries.

G7 summit: Germany pledges to donate 350 million doses of vaccine to countries

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

According to reporters in Europe, speaking on the last day of the conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed that rich countries provide 2.3 billion doses of vaccines to poorer countries to fight the COVID-19 pandemic for them. by the end of 2022, of which Germany will "make a significant contribution" and "be responsible for providing 350 million doses". This includes 30 million doses that Germany has ordered and will deliver to other countries.

According to Merkel, the amount of vaccine is likely to increase over time, which depends on the delivery of the manufacturers. She also emphasized that it is really difficult to make specific commitments, because of the uncertainty of the manufacturers, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine being cut, which shows that not all vaccines are available. All ordered will be delivered. However, the German leader insisted that if the country had a surplus, Germany would deliver that amount of vaccine. Specifically, in the fourth quarter, if the amount of vaccine transferred to Germany is more than the domestic demand for injection, Germany will transfer this surplus to other countries.

The bulk of Germany's vaccine contribution to poor countries is made possible through the Vaccine Sharing Mechanism initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) - COVAX, a program of which Germany is the second largest donor. COVAX uses the money to finance the production, procurement, and construction of vaccine production facilities. According to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the aim is to ensure that everyone has access to a vaccine.

Earlier, at the G7 meeting, leaders agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic can only be defeated on a global scale when the vaccine is shared fairly. The German chancellor stressed that vaccine production will not only take place as before, mainly in Europe or Asia, but also in Africa.

Britain previously said it would need 1 billion doses of the vaccine to be delivered to poor countries by the end of next year. However, the number of 2.3 billion doses of vaccine that Chancellor Merkel mentioned above makes observers vague about the distribution of such a large amount of vaccine. Development aid organizations recently called on rich countries to be "more explicit" about their commitments to mobilize vaccines for poor countries. The COVAX sharing scheme has so far only delivered 83 million doses of the vaccine to 131 countries, partly due to India's export ban as well as because rich countries initially bought most of the vaccine for use in the country. country. WHO says that 70% of the world's population should be vaccinated by next year. For weeks, the WHO has been urging rich countries to transfer less of their current vaccines to poor countries instead of vaccinating healthy young people, thereby at least nursing staff and vulnerable people. Vaccinated at least in poorer countries.

Also at the G7 summit, Chancellor Merkel highly appreciated the role of the US President, saying that Joe Biden had brought "a new impetus" to the conference in Britain in the past 3 days.

Speaking to the press, Chancellor Merkel said: "It is not that the world will not have any more problems when Joe Biden is elected president of the United States. But we can work together to find solutions to the problems. And I think it's good that we're more united at this G7 summit."

In addition, Merkel hopes that the G7 can launch the first infrastructure projects in developing countries in 2022.

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