“Illness outbreaks don’t respect borders,” mentioned Mr Raab. “It’s clear that by stopping the virus from spreading within the poorest international locations, we’ll save thousands and thousands of lives all over the world.
“That’s why it’s important that we guarantee there’s truthful entry to vaccines, remedies and checks for growing international locations to finish the pandemic. Britain is main the worldwide efforts to ensure this occurs.”
Britain has earmarked £1.3 billion of assist to battle the pandemic in poor international locations and has given £500 million to the COVAX group that goals to provide of no less than 1.3 billion doses this 12 months in as much as 92 growing international locations. The UK can be giving thousands and thousands of checks and coverings to international locations that can’t afford them and has tailored over 300 assist programmes to satisfy the pandemic.
However well being consultants worry growing international locations will get too few vaccines, resulting in lack of lives and heightened risks of mutations re-entering the developed world.
Final week, the top of the World Well being Organisation warned of a “catastrophic ethical failure” due to vaccine inequality. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned a “me-first” method by rich nations “will solely extend the pandemic”.
Mr Raab mentioned the well being disaster can be on the G7 agenda. “2021 marks an important 12 months of worldwide management for the UK,” he mentioned. “We’ll use the UK’s G7 Presidency to assist the world construct again higher from the coronavirus pandemic, placing international well being on the forefront of our strategic imaginative and prescient.
“As one of many largest donors to COVAX, we’re serving to to ship greater than a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to the world’s poorest individuals. We welcome the information that these vaccines will begin to be delivered within the coming months.”
Britain is the largest donor to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Improvements (CEPI) which is main worldwide efforts to develop new vaccines.
Final June, London hosted the World Vaccine Summit of world leaders and representatives from greater than 62 international locations which raised $8.8 billion for Gavi, the worldwide vaccine alliance.
In Might Britain co-hosted the Coronavirus World Response Worldwide Pledging Convention which raised £7 billion for vaccines, checks and coverings.
As well as Britain has handed £2.2 billion of lending to the IMF Poverty Discount and Progress Belief and prolonged the G20 Debt Suspension Service Initiative by 6 months, offering as much as $6 billion respiratory house indebted poor international locations.