Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stated on Wednesday that the UK will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to low-income countries around the world this week to assist combat the pandemic.
COVAX, the global initiative to provide equal access to COVID-19 vaccinations, has been offered 5 million doses, which will be quickly distributed through an allocation system that prioritizes supplying vaccines to countries in need. Another 4 million tablets will be sent directly, with 600,000 doses going to Indonesia, 300,000 to Jamaica, and 817,000 to Kenyan among the list of countries
The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca partnership vaccine, manufactured by Oxford Biomedica in Oxford and packaged in Wrexham, North Wales, is being donated in doses.
This is the first batch of the 100 million vaccines that Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised the UK will distribute within the next year during the G-7 Summit in Cornwall last month, with another 30 million due by the end of the year. At least 80 million of the 100 million doses will go to COVAX, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO), with the rest going to countries directly.
Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cambodia, Guyana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, and Vietnam have signed agreements to obtain up to 4 million doses from the UK.
Crown Agents, a non-profit international development organization, is transporting the vaccine doses given on a bilateral basis.