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Coronavirus: Disease Control

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL2940, tabled on 11 October 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, (1) to encourage countries with surplus vaccines to make these available to COVAX, and (2) to seek improved cooperation between health and finance ministers in other countries in relation to (a) the COVID-19 pandemic, and (b) future pandemics.

Answered on

27 October 2021

Our G7 Presidency has championed equitable access to vaccines, treatments and tests, and the importance of future funding for COVAX. We secured commitments to share or finance up to 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by mid-2022. The Prime Minister has committed the UK to donating 100 million doses by June 2022. To date, we have donated 10.5 million doses and we are on track to meet our target of 30 million doses by the end of 2021. Ministers and officials continue to encourage other countries, including in G7 and G20 forums, to donate.

The government is committed to continuing to improve global health and finance coordination to prepare for and respond to future pandemics. We are supporting G20 proposals to improve international governance and coordination between global health and finance policy makers.