Developing Countries: Coronavirus

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 14th September 2021.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how many covid-19 vaccines the UK Government has donated (a) through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment mechanism to lower-income countries and (b) bilaterally to countries; and how many of those vaccines have been administered.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We have donated 10.3 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to date. This exceeds our target of donating 5 million doses by September 2021, and forms part of our commitment to share 100 million vaccine doses over the next year, including 30 million by the end of 2021. So far, 6.2 million doses have been donated through COVAX, 4.1 million doses on a direct bilateral basis, and all have gone to ODA eligible countries. We have received assurances from countries that systems are in place to ensure safe, effective, and timely use in line with WHO guidance. By donating doses to those countries in need, we are able to support and progress equitable access to vaccines around the world.

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