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COVID vaccines: Okonjo-Iweala makes case for developing countries

The new head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has called on the UK to donate vaccines to developing countries as soon as possible rather than waiting until it has a surplus.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala who made this known while speaking to the BBC said it was “in the interest” of wealthy countries that all nations access vaccines.

It comes after PM Boris Johnson said the UK would donate most of its surplus supply to poorer nations.

On Friday, G7 leaders pledged to intensify co-operation on Covid-19, agreeing to increase their contribution to the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative, which is aiming to get at least 1.3 billion doses to vulnerable populations worldwide in the coming months.

Addressing the UK government’s plans to donate its surplus vaccines to the developing world, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala told the BBC, it was “welcome” – but cautioned against delay.

BBC

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