Leaders of the G7 countries agreed in a deal at their summit to share at least 870 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines directly, at least half of which are due to be delivered by the end of 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday.

In a statement, the WHO said the G7 countries had reaffirmed their support for COVAX, a WHO-led international campaign for equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines around the world, as “the main avenue to provide vaccines to the poorest countries, “Xinhua News Agency. reported.

While welcoming the commitment of the G7, COVAX partners also called for their continued support for the export of vaccines in significant proportions, the promotion of voluntary licenses and global non-profit production.

According to the WHO, COVAX is facing an urgent supply shortage and is focusing on immediately securing as many shared doses as possible. He will work with the G7 and other countries that have stepped up to share doses as quickly and fairly as possible, to address short-term supply constraints and minimize the prospect of future lethal variants.

“Many other countries are now facing an increase in the number of cases – and they are facing it without vaccines. We are in the race of our lives, but it is not a fair race, and most countries have to. barely left the starting line, ”said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “But we need more, and we need it faster,” he added.

“This is an important moment of global solidarity and a crucial step in the effort to ensure that those most at risk, everywhere, are protected,” said Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the ‘Vaccine Alliance.

“As we strive to achieve our goal of ending the acute phase of the pandemic, we look forward to working with countries to ensure that these promised doses are quickly turned into delivered doses,” he added. .

The G7 has committed a billion doses since the February 2021 G7 CEO Virtual Summit, including commitments made at the G20 World Health Summit and the Gavi COVAX Summit.

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