Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirms that Canada will be sharing 100 million COVID-19 vaccines with the world. Trudeau made the announcement in a press conference at the end of the G7 leader’s summit in England on Sunday.
Trudeau said Canada will provide funding to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, to help 87 million doses be provided to developing countries.
In addition, the country is donating 13 million doses procured by Canada to other countries through the global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX, Trudeau said. Of those shots, the Canadian Prime Minister said that 1.3 million doses will be Johnson&Johnson vaccines, while another 4.1 will be the vaccines manufactured by Oxford-AstraZeneca.
All will be bought via COVAX and the remaining 7.3 million doses will be Novavax shots, according to the Canadian prime minister. He said that the G7 leaders’ collective commitments will result in over 2 billion doses being shared with the rest of the world.
Trudeau’s announcement came just days after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom will share 100 million COVID-19 vaccines. Canada to date, has spent $2.5 billion to help address this crisis globally, PM Trudeau confirms.
Earlier, France, Japan, Germany and Italy have also promised to share millions of doses to COVAX, an international vaccine sharing initiative.