Canada pledges to share up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
The Canadian High Commissioner to the UK said on Friday that Canada will formally announce at a later G7 summit that it has pledged to share up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine with the world.
Ralph Goodall’s remarks come as the Liberal government is facing increasing pressure to clearly outline its strategy to promote growing international efforts to vaccinate the world’s population more quickly.
Earlier in the day, a government official who was speaking in the backstage presented a number of 100 million to the media contingent that went to the Group of Seven (G7) with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau). First visit since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The government official could not explain how much of the announcement in the plan involves new funds or direct vaccine donations, and how much Canada has already provided for the World Health Organization’s vaccine program COVAX.
Goodall said that the details will have to wait until the end of the summit. He insisted that this donation will not affect the supply of life-saving vaccines for Canadians.
“Canadians shouldn’t worry about any negative effects within Canada,” Goodall said, saying that the details will be published in a table comparing Canada’s contribution to other G7 countries.
“The exact ratio of cash donations and in-kind donations will be summarized on Sunday.”
Goodell also insisted that Canada has been at the forefront of international efforts through COVAX to vaccinate people in poor countries.
“We quickly participated in global efforts and became one of the most generous countries in the world,” he said.
Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Howard Njoo, told the press at a COVID-19 briefing in Ottawa that a donation of this scale will not disrupt domestic immunization campaigns.
He said that according to the expected delivery schedule, Canada will have enough doses to fully vaccinate every Canadian by September, even if some of the vaccines ordered are redirected to other countries in need.
“I think we can chew gum while walking,” Njoo said. “It’s not one or the other. I think these two things can happen at the same time.”
Accelerated vaccine delivery
Between plans Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca are expected to deliver 55.8 million doses of vaccine to Canada by the end of July. This number may be higher because Moderna has not confirmed its July shipments.
The product is sufficient to vaccinate 27.9 million people with two vaccines, accounting for approximately 84% of 31.9 million Canadians over the age of 12 who are eligible for vaccinations.
Joelle Paquette, Director-General of Public Service and Purchasing Canada in charge of vaccine procurement, stated that Canada has already Received about 400 million doses From a few suppliers, millions more than needed to provide the population with the two necessary doses.
“We are in a position where it is possible,” she said of G7’s promise. “This will not affect our goal of fully vaccinating all Canadians.”
He added that all countries participating in the G7 summit are feeling the increased pressure-not just Canada.
On Thursday, the United Kingdom announced a large-scale donation of surplus COVID-19 vaccine to countries in need, thereby greatly enhancing international interests.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he hopes to see a full global vaccination before the end of next year. He said on Thursday night that the UK will donate 100 million doses of vaccine before the end of the year.
Canada’s timetable is not clear.
The British announcement came after the administration of US President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) earlier this week promised to provide 500 million doses of vaccine.
Johnson announced the British contribution on the eve of the G7 summit.
“I think you have to look at the overall performance of the United Kingdom, because it is huge,” the British media quoted Johnson as saying in a seaside vacancy event.
For several weeks, Johnson has been pushing G7 countries to set a global vaccination target by the end of 2022, rather than 2024 or 2025, which is the current goal of health officials.
in A recent interview with CBC Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary BartonJohnson said that Prime Minister Trudeau and the leaders of France and Germany are keen on this idea and have high expectations for the summit.
“We will seek to come up with some big numbers, because after all, no one is safe unless everyone is safe,” he said.
The world’s major democracies are expected to announce that they will provide the world with at least 1 billion doses of coronavirus vaccine by the end of the G7 summit.
Although Canada does not produce any COVID-19 vaccines, it has been criticized by 32 humanitarian agencies for not sharing any doses of imported vaccines.
Last week, International Development Minister Karina Gould told the Senate committee that Canada will eventually share vaccines, but there is currently no overdose because the country is still working to get every Canadian vaccinated.
Canada pledges to provide COVAX with US$440 million
Canada recently doubled its financial commitment to COVAX to $440 million.
The international agency has been working hard to fill the 200 million dose emergency gap, which was caused by manufacturing delays and supply disruptions in India-the result of a large-scale outbreak in the country.