G7 leaders will agree to expand global manufacturing of COVID vaccines to provide at least a billion doses worldwide through sharing and funding systems, Britain said on Thursday.
The UK, which is hosting the meeting of the great powers in the south-west of England, added that it would give at least 100 million overdose doses over the next year, including five million from the coming weeks.
The commitment follows growing calls from richer countries to step up their efforts to share COVID-19 shots with less developed nations, with charities warning that the current situation is causing “vaccine apartheid”.
Britain, which has orders of more than 400 million doses, has been criticized for not starting to make donations poorer countries.
But on the eve of the reception world leaders from the group of seven rich nations to its first summit in nearly two years, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised it would soon change.
“As a result of the success of the UK vaccine program, we are now in a position to share some of our leftover doses with those who need them,” he said.
“In doing so, we will take a big step towards overcoming this pandemic once and for all.
“At the G7 Summit, I hope that my fellow leaders will make similar commitments so that, together, we can vaccinate the world by the end of next year and recover better from the coronavirus.”
A Downing Street statement read: “At the Summit, world leaders are expected to announce that they will provide at least one billion doses of coronavirus vaccine to the world by distributing and funding doses and establishing a plan for zoom in vaccine manufacturing to achieve this goal “.
According to Johnson’s office, the UK will give five million doses by the end of September, starting in the coming weeks, mainly for use in the world’s poorest countries.
Britain has also pledged to give 95 million more over the next year, including another 25 million by the end of 2021, he added.
About 80 percent of the blows will go to the Covax scheme, which aims to ensure an equitable distribution of vaccines worldwide, with the rest shared bilaterally.
The United States said Thursday it would strike 500 million at 92 poor, low-income countries.
Meanwhile, EU members have agreed to give at least 100 million doses by the end of 2021, with France and Germany pledging to provide 30 million.
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