‘Share dollars and doses’: G20 summit tackles COVID inequalities

Al Jazeera

05-21-2021

Vaccine producers and the world’s leading economies attempt to find ways to help poorer nations inoculate populations. Pfizer and BioNTech said they would make one billion cut-price doses available this year to poorer nations. Johnson & Johnson promised 200 million doses of its shot to COVAX, which is co-led by the WHO. Leaders agreed that one option to help poorer nations was sharing vaccines that wealthy countries have already purchased. The COVAX programme, which is dedicated to equitable global vaccine distribution, was mentioned as one option for providing donated doses to countries.

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