UK to send first batch of surplus vaccines to poorer countries

UK to send first batch of surplus vaccines to poorer countries

© APA | Dominic Rabb

# 28 July 2021 18:23 (UTC +04:00)

We've got more from the foreign secretary's visit to an AstraZeneca vaccine manufacturing site in Oxford, APA reports citing BBC.

Dominic Rabb has announced the first batch of excess vaccines from Britain will be shipped to "vulnerable" nations and Commonwealth allies this week.

World leaders at the G7 summit in Cornwall pledged more than one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine - 870 million jabs shared directly and the rest through funding to the Covax initiative - to poorer countries.

In a message to western countries who have unused stockpiles of AstraZeneca jabs, Raab stressed that bodies ranging from the World Health Organization to the European Medicines Agency had approved the British-designed vaccine as safe.

It comes as parts of Australia have been forced to go back into lockdown despite the UK ally having three million unboxed doses of the AstraZeneca inoculation stored, according to reports.

Fears about the Oxford jab's side effects, including an increased risk of blood clots, have seen it shunned in some wealthy countries (you can read more about the rare clots here).

The Cabinet minister says the UK will give "enough doses to get the world vaccinated by the middle of next year, rather than the current trajectory, which is the end of 2024."

Indonesia will receive 600,000 doses, 300,000 will be sent to Jamaica and 817,000 are to be transported to Kenya, among other countries, the Foreign Office says.