British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to announce this Saturday that his country will provide more than 600 million dollars to the Covax program, the World Health Organization (WHO) platform for the development, production and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This was stated this Friday by the British Government in a statement, in which it advanced part of the message recorded by Johnson for the UN General Assembly, which will be issued tomorrow.
He United Kingdom It will pledge to contribute 500 million pounds (about $ 637 million) to fund the Covax stream designed to help 92 of the world’s poorest countries access a coronavirus vaccine. That amount will be added to 48 million pounds (more than 60 million dollars) already promised previously.
At the same time, Boris Johnson will announce an initial contribution of 71 million pounds (about 90 million dollars) to acquire through Covax up to 27 million doses of the future vaccine for its country, with which it wants to complement the contracts it already has to obtain doses by other means.
Prevent future pandemics
In addition, the prime minister will use his speech to the UN to announce a contribution of 340 million pounds ($ 433 million) to the WHO budget over the next four years, a 30% increase over the previous four.
Johnson, according to his Government, also plans to propose to the United Nations a five-point plan to prevent future pandemics, developed in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, a British scientific foundation.
The plan includes the establishment of a global network of research centers in zoonotic diseases, transmitted by animals, in order to identify the next big pathogen before it is too late.