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G7 pledges 1 billion vaccine doses to poorer countries

The leaders of G7 nations promise to deliver 1 billion Covid-19 vaccines to poorer countries, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, at the conclusion of a three-day summit in England.

Falmouth, England, 13 June 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The leaders of G7 nations promise to deliver 1 billion Covid-19 vaccines to poorer countries, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday, at the conclusion of a three-day summit in England.

The amount will be met through a mix of countries making outright donations as well as payments to the World Health Organization-backed COVAX vaccine-sharing programme, Johnson said, but further details on the allocations were not immediately available.

Johnson had previously announced that Britain would donate 100 million doses from its own surplus.

The World Health Organization has estimated that 11 billion doses are needed to quash the pandemic. That is far more than the amount set out for donation by the G7, drawing criticism from aid groups.

“It sounds better than it is,” Fiona Uellendahl of the children’s charity World Vision had said earlier about the 1 billion figure.

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