UK begins donating millions of COVID-19 vaccines

Doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Newark, New Jersey, on June 19, 2021. The vaccine is one of three types available in Jordan, all of which use a different method to p
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AMMAN — The UK will this week begin delivering 9 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world, including to Indonesia, Jamaica, and Kenya, to help tackle the pandemic, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced last week. اضافة اعلان

Five million doses are being offered to COVAX, the scheme to ensure equitable, global access to Covid-19 vaccines. COVAX will urgently distribute them to lower-income countries via an equitable allocation system, which prioritises delivering vaccines to people who most need them. Another four million doses will be shared directly with countries in need, according to a statement from the British embassy.

Indonesia will receive 600,000 doses, 300,000 will be sent to Jamaica, and 817,000 are to be transported to Kenya, among other countries.

The UK is donating the University of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, made by Oxford Biomedica in Oxford and packaged in Wrexham, North Wales.

This is the first tranche of the 100 million vaccines the Prime Minister pledged the UK would share within the next year at last month’s G7 in Cornwall, with 30 million due to be sent by the end of the year. At least 80 million of the 100 million doses will go to COVAX, with the rest going to countries directly. The donations follow the pledge that G7 leaders made to vaccinate the world and end the pandemic in 2022.

This week’s deployment will help meet the urgent need for vaccines from countries around the world, including in Africa, South East Asia, and the Caribbean, the statement said. These regions are experiencing high levels of COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations, and deaths.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The UK is sending 9 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the first batch of the 100 million doses we’ve pledged, to get the most vulnerable parts of the world vaccinated as a matter of urgency.”

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