A European Union document shows that European Union countries have not yet fulfilled their commitments regarding the initiative to distribute vaccines against the emerging coronavirus to poor countries.
The document indicated that the group countries have so far donated only a small percentage of the surplus of Covid-19 vaccines, most of which come from the “AstraZeneca” vaccine, representing less than three percent of the 160 million doses they plan to donate to help contain the global pandemic. The poorest groups in different parts of the world, but member states have so far focused on buying doses to vaccinate their populations, which has contributed to the shortage of vaccines in the rest of the world.
So far, the countries of the Union, with a population of 365 million people, have received about 500 million doses from pharmaceutical companies and expect to receive one billion doses by the end of September.
However, as of July 13, these countries donated less than four million doses, according to the document prepared by the European Commission and reviewed by Reuters.
The document states that the countries of the Union have collectively committed to dispense approximately 160 million doses without specifying a specific destination preference. Nothing has been published before about the total amount and the amount donated.
Brussels has previously said that EU countries plan to donate at least 100 million doses by the end of this year. There is no timetable for achieving the target stated in the document.
So far, donations have been made to donor countries and regions as part of Member States’ efforts to strengthen relations with their closest countries and deepen diplomatic relations.
Many poor countries depend on the Kovacs initiative for the supply of vaccines. But the program has so far delivered only 135 million doses worldwide and relies largely on donated doses. Plans for the vaccine procurement program were temporarily stalled due to productivity issues with vaccine companies and export restrictions.
The European Union has received enough to fully vaccinate 70 percent of its adults, while South Africa has vaccinated only seven percent of the adult population and Nigeria only 1 percent.
France leads the list of European commitments by far. It promised to provide 60 million doses, most of them to the Kovacs program, without specifying the desired final destination.
So far, however, it has provided only about 800,000 doses, half of which were obtained from its former colonies, Senegal, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.
An official of the French Ministry of Finance said that about five million doses of the “AstraZeneca” vaccine have been donated through the “Cofax” program so far and that the “Johnson & Johnson” and “Fierz” vaccines will be sold by the end of the year. donated from summer.