British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK will donate 20 million doses of the Astrogenega vaccine against Covit-19 to developing countries. The move is part of an effort to share vaccines with countries where they are most needed.
The announcement was made by the Prime Minister who arrived in Rome for the G20 summit which starts today (30).
The UK says 10 million doses have been sent to the UN-backed Kovacs vaccine-sharing program, and another 10 million doses will be followed in the coming weeks.
These vaccines add to the 10 million doses already provided and are part of Britain’s commitment to share 100 million doses with the most needed countries by mid – 2022.
Boris Johnson, who called on the Economic Powers Group to vaccinate the world’s population by the end of 2022, said, “As a member of the G-20, the first priority should be to promote rapid, equitable and global distribution of vaccines.”
Britain and other rich countries have been accused of hoarding more vaccines than they need, with some or none at all, especially in Africa.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, ambassador to the World Health Organization, has called on the G-20 countries to speed up shipping and air travel. Doses not used for developing countries.
As he prepares to host the United Nations Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, starting this Sunday (31), the British leader hopes to focus on climate stabilization in the G-20 discussions.