Covid vaccines: Spain pledges to deliver 20 million extra doses

Spain on Sunday pledged to donate 20 million additional doses of Covid-19 vaccines to poor countries, promising to distribute the total dose to 50 million.

“The best thing we can do is ensure universal and equitable access to vaccines against Covid-19,” Spanish Prime Minister Socialist Pedro Sanchez told a news conference in Rome after the G20 summit.

“We are committed to significantly increasing both the supply, access and administration of vaccines in developing countries,” he said.

“To contribute to this goal in a tangible way, the Spanish government has announced that it will honor its commitment to donate 30 million vaccines by the end of the year, and we will donate 20 million more vaccines during the first three months of 2022”, added the Prime Minister of Spain.

As a reminder, Spain pledged 7.5 million doses of additional vaccines in September as part of the international Covax mechanism, which then brought its pledge to 30 million.

With 88.5% of its population fully vaccinated, Spain has the best vaccine coverage against Covid-19 in Europe.

According to the Spanish Ministry of Health, the country, which has about 45 million residents, has had more than 87,000 deaths linked to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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