OTTAWA – Canada plans to donate up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, including previously announced funding for the global vaccine exchange initiative COVAX, according to a government source.
The doses will be split once the vaccine rollout in Canada is complete. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will provide further details during the G7 summit in the UK
With a report from Glen McGregor. from CTV National News
This is a recent update that follows the previous story from The Canadian Press.
Canada is still silent on vaccine exchange details as the G7 summit begins in Cornwall, UK
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enters the first day of the G7 summit as the only leader of his Democratic counterparts who has not yet promised how many doses of vaccine his country will donate to less affluent nations.
The UK expects leaders to agree to give other parts of the world access to a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines through donations and funding in hopes that it will speed up the time to fight the virus.
A Canadian government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, says Canada will pledge up to 100 million doses, including what it bought for others through vaccine initiatives.
The day before the summit, Britain promised to send at least 100 million cans within the next year and US President Joe Biden promised to send another half a billion.
France and Germany have promised at least 30 million cans for this year. Japan has committed to 30 million cans while Italy has promised 15 million cans.
Trudeau’s first day of meeting on Friday did not begin with another G7 leader, but in a virtual audience with Queen Elizabeth.
His first leader-to-leader meeting was with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who, as the summit host, said he wanted the three-day meeting to make promises to end the pandemic by the end of next year.
Posing for photographers and journalists, the couple stood elbow to elbow, with Johnson showing a thumbs up before their meeting began.
The G7 gathers in Carbis Bay, a hilly seaside village in south-west England whose narrow streets have been occupied by police.
Later on Friday, G7 leaders will attend a meeting that will focus on how the health and economic recovery from COVID-19 can be “for all”.
Ensuring fair access to vaccines against COVID-19 is a call to leaders from the World Health Organization and poverty reduction and humanitarian groups, as over 80 percent of vaccinations have so far been in affluent countries.
While Canada hasn’t yet to finalize its vaccine donation plans, it has pledged $ 440 million to go to COVAX, a vaccine sharing initiative to buy doses direct from manufacturers and ship them to low and middle countries Distribute income.
Canada has had mixed experiences with vaccine access. Shipments to the country began sluggishly in January and February, followed by a deadly third wave of the virus.
But vaccine shipments have increased this spring.
Canada this week announced it would receive an additional seven million doses of vaccine from Moderna in June. Procurement Secretary Anita Anand said enough vaccines should be shipped to allow 80 percent of eligible Canadians to be fully vaccinated by the end of July.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 11, 2021