LONDON: The UK will this week begin delivering 9 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world for lower-income countries to help tackle the pandemic, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced on Wednesday.
Five million doses are being offered to COVAX, the worldwide scheme to ensure equitable access to COVID19 vaccines, which will be urgently distributed through an allocation system which prioritises delivering vaccines to countries who most need them.
Another 4 million doses will be shared directly, with Indonesia to receive 600,000 doses, Jamaica 300,000 and 817,000 for Kenya among the list of countries. The doses being donated are the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca collaboration vaccine, made by Oxford Biomedica in Oxford and packaged in Wrexham, North Wales.
The UK is sending nine million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the first batch of the 100 million doses we've pledged, to get the most vulnerable parts of the world vaccinated as a matter of urgency, said Raab.
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