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Canada to donate up to 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries in need: sources

Last Updated Jun 11, 2021 at 11:13 am EDT

Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Summary

Canada's donation to countries in need won't impact domestic supply, source says

No timeline yet for when all doses will be donated

G7 as a whole is looking to donate 1 billion vaccines, with U.S. contributing half

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Canada will join other G7 nations in donating vaccines to lower-income countries, with a source confirming up to 100 million doses.

This won’t impact domestic supply and the number includes donations already made to COVAX, a global vaccine sharing alliance.

There’s no timeline yet for the other doses to be donated. However, the source confirms they will come from either additional purchases or from excess doses.

Canada’s contribution will be equal to that of the U.K. and E.U., but less than the U.S.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says vaccination donations need to be ramped up to bring the pandemic to an end.

“If we went on the current trajectory, the world would be vaccinated by the end of 2024. What we are doing is joining up with the U.S. and the other G7 members leading by example,” Raab said.

The G7 as a whole is looking to donate 1 billion, and President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that the U.S. was promising to donate 500 million doses.

“We’re going to help lead the world out of this pandemic, working alongside our global partners,” he said.

Pressure has been mounting on Canada to donate doses to the global vaccine initiative. In early June, the government doubled its financial commitment to $440 million to help COVAX buy vaccines directly from manufacturers.

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