UK sends first batch of Covid-19 vaccines to Africa

The British government announced today that in the next few hours, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will receive the first doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United Kingdom for Africa.

According to Secretary of State Dominic Raab via TwitterThis first batch will also reach eight other African countries – Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda – through the Covax program designed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to distribute vaccines in the developing world.

And the head of British diplomacy indicated that London promised to donate 80 million doses through that mechanism, because we know, he said, that no one will be safe until we are all.

The Alliance for Vaccines (GAVI) has clarified in a statement the quantities of vaccines that each of the 11 countries will receive in the coming days. The British government announced weeks ago that it would donate a total of 100 million doses of the anti-Covid-19 preparation developed by the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.

The UK, where more than 75 per cent of adults have already completed vaccination treatment against SARS-CoV-2, has also contributed £548 million (about $758 million) to the Coalition for Women. Together with the World Health Organization he leads the Covax Program.

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