UK PM Boris Johnson announced today (11th June) that the UK would donate at least 100 million surplus vaccines within the next year. By donating 5 million doses by the end of September, they would address an immediate need for vaccines in the nations most hit by the coronavirus.
Prime Minister Johnson has also promised to give an additional 95 million doses during the following year, with an additional 25 million by the end of 2021. The remaining 80 percent of the 100 million doses will be shared bilaterally with countries in need, according to the statement released by his office.
The statement came before the G7 Summit, which begins today in Cornwall under the presidency of the UK. Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson requested fellow G7 leaders to assist in vaccinating the entire world by the end of next year.
The G7 leaders are anticipated to agree on distributing 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses through dose sharing and financing.
“As a result of the success of the UK’s vaccine program, we are now in a position to share some of our surplus doses with those who need them…In doing so we will take a massive step towards beating this pandemic for good,” said PM Boris Johnson in the official statement.