Canada donated 13 million doses of excess COVID-19 vaccine to countries in need
Canada is donating 13 million remaining vaccines to help poorer countries get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this commitment at the end of the G7 summit in the UK this morning. The pandemic, climate change and China have dominated the agenda for the past two days.
Canada has previously stated that it will provide up to 100 million doses of vaccine to the world to combat the spread of COVID-19, but Canada is the only G7 country that has not stated how many of them are actual injections rather than money.
Trudeau said that the government will pay for 87 million vaccines to be distributed to poor countries, adding that donating excess vaccines will not affect domestic vaccination activities.
Canada has ensured delivery of more than 100 million doses of vaccine this year—more than the amount needed to provide two doses of vaccine per person for its nearly 38 million population.
Government officials have previously emphasized that the country has spent US$2.5 billion in the past year to help other countries cope with the health crisis.