UNICEF UK response to the UK Government’s pledge to donate surplus vaccines to poorer countries at the G7 leaders’ meeting
19 Feb 2021 12:13 PM
Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy at the UK National Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) responded to the UK Government’s pledge to donate surplus vaccines to poorer countries at the G7 leaders’ meeting
“Developing countries shouldn’t have to wait until everyone in wealthy countries is vaccinated to receive their doses, and today’s pledge by the UK Government to distribute surplus doses of Coronavirus vaccines is a critical step in addressing the worrying imbalance in access to Covid-19 vaccines globally. It is essential that this distribution happens as soon as possible, and that other G7 countries urgently follow the UK’s lead.
“UNICEF is proud to be leading the global delivery of the Coronavirus vaccine, but despite our collective global efforts there is a danger that weak health systems will hinder seamless vaccine roll-out. Alongside equitable vaccine access and distribution, we must ensure that jabs not only arrive in ports but reach the arms of those that need them. Governments must invest in healthcare staff and systems to ensure successful vaccine roll-out now and stronger healthcare systems for the future.”
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