The UK will donate a minimum of 100 million surplus COVID vaccines to different nations inside the subsequent 12 months, Boris Johnson has pledged.
As he prepares to welcome world leaders to Cornwall for the G7 summit, the prime minister has vowed to “take a large step in the direction of beating this pandemic for good”.
Mr Johnson’s motion builds on his request for the world’s main democracies to assist vaccinate all the globe by the top of subsequent 12 months.
At this weekend’s summit, it’s hoped G7 leaders will announce a dedication to offering a minimum of one billion coronavirus vaccine doses to the remainder of the world via dose sharing and financing.
US President Joe Biden has already provided to match half that concentrate on, by pledging to buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine to donate to poorer nations.
Below the UK’s personal dedication, 5 million doses shall be donated by the top of September this 12 months – starting within the coming weeks – primarily to be used on this planet’s poorest nations.
Mr Johnson has additionally dedicated to donating an additional 95 million doses inside the subsequent 12 months, together with 25 million extra by the top of 2021.
Of the 100 million doses, 80% will go to the worldwide COVAX vaccine-sharing programme, with the rest to be shared bilaterally with nations in want.
The federal government mentioned the primary donation of 5 million doses wouldn’t delay the completion of the UK’s preliminary home vaccination programme.
Ministers additionally hope that by serving to to vaccinate extra individuals world wide, not solely will it assist deliver an finish to the pandemic, it should additionally cut back the risk posed by vaccine-resistant variants rising in areas with large-scale outbreaks.
The prime minister mentioned: “Because the begin of this pandemic the UK has led the best way in efforts to guard humanity in opposition to this lethal illness.
“Over a 12 months in the past we funded the event of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on the idea it could be distributed at price to the world.
“This unprecedented mannequin, which places individuals squarely above revenue, means over half a billion doses have been administered in 160 nations to date.
“Because of the success of the UK’s vaccine programme we are actually ready to share a few of our surplus doses with those that want them.
“In doing so we are going to take a large step in the direction of beating this pandemic for good.
“On the G7 summit I hope my fellow leaders will make related pledges in order that, collectively, we are able to vaccinate the world by the top of subsequent 12 months and construct again higher from coronavirus.”
Mr Johnson may even ask G7 leaders to encourage pharmaceutical corporations to undertake the Oxford-AstraZeneca mannequin of offering vaccines at price at some point of the COVID pandemic.
Nevertheless, the Cornwall summit might additionally see some leaders additional their push for the waiving of vaccine patents – one thing opposed by different nations, together with the UK and Germany.
Forward of his arrival in Cornwall, French President Emmanuel Macron posted on Twitter: “Dose sharing, opening up of mental property, financing of well being methods. It is as much as the G7 to become involved!”
Waiving mental property protections for coronavirus vaccines has additionally been backed by Mr Biden’s administration.