The G7 will pledge to donate 1 billion doses of vaccine to poor countries

Talks in England begin today with the leaders of his countries G7 and are expected to pledge to distribute one billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to poor countries, hoping to help eradicate the new coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement was preceded by a call from the WHO to European countries not to reduce their vigilance, stressing that the level of immunization is still low to avoid a new wave.

Leaders of the Group of Seven most industrialized nations to attend Sunday’s summit in the south-west of England are expected to announce that “they will distribute at least one billion doses vaccines for COVID-19, either from their reserves or with funding “, in poorer countries, as announced yesterday by the British government, which holds the rotating presidency of the G7.

They are also expected to “present a plan to expand vaccine production to achieve this goal,” according to the government of Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

London has said it will donate an extra 100 million doses of vaccine to various pharmaceutical companies, thanks to the progress of the national immunization campaign: almost 70 million doses have been given in the United Kingdom.

The United States has pledged to distribute half of its 500 million doses Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.

“We have a humanitarian duty to save as many lives as possible,” said US President Joe Biden, who is making his first trip abroad. This gesture is also “in the interest of the Americans,” he said.

The vaccines will be distributed “in 92 low- and middle-income countries” through COVAX, the mechanism designed to ensure fairer distribution. They will start shipping from the US in August, with 200 million expected to be delivered in 2021 and the remaining 300 million by June 2022.

With nearly 64% of American adults now receiving at least one dose of the vaccine, The White House is now trying to portray the United States as the world leader in the global fight against the pandemic that has claimed the lives of at least 3.76 million people, nearly 600,000 in the United States.

The COVAX mechanism has so far not been able to function satisfactorily, let alone completely. As of June 4, it had distributed just over 80 million doses in 129 countries and regions – far fewer than he had anticipated.

Nearly 90% of African countries will not achieve the goal of having at least one tenth of the population immunized against COVID-19 by September unless at least 225 million doses of vaccine are dispensed urgently, The WHO warned yesterday, calling on rich countries to share their stock to save lives and eradicate the pandemic.

Donations, or lifting of copyright protection, would allow vaccine doses to be distributed more quickly and immunization to proceed: the European Parliament – in disagreement with the European Commission – voted in favor of temporarily lifting the copyright protection of vaccines on Thursday. to increase production.