UN urges rich countries to share excess COVID-19 vaccines now

Cropped hand wearing a nitrile glove holding a Covid-19 vaccine vial and a syringe

UNICEF’s Executive Director Henrietta Fore has on Monday announced that new data analysis indicates that the G7 bloc, together with European Union countries, could donate around 153 million vaccine doses if they shared just 20 per cent of their available supply over June, July and August.

US Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Henrietta Holsman Fore poses during a photo session in Paris on July 5, 2019. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

This would in turn mean that the Governments would still be able to vaccinate their populations.

“While some G7 members have greater supplies than others, and some have further advanced domestic rollouts, an immediate collective commitment to pool excess supplies and share the burden of responsibility could buttress vulnerable countries against becoming the next global hotspot,” the Director said.

She also stated that ‘the global vaccination race’ will only be won when countries fully fund and supply COVAX, while also supporting vaccine production through Intellectual Property licensing and technology transfers.

“These measures are critical, but they won’t change anything overnight.

Sharing immediately available excess doses is a minimum, essential and emergency stop-gap measure, and it is needed right now.” She added.

G7 leaders will be meeting in June ‘with a potential emergency stop-gap measure readily available.’