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Covid-19: Plans to share vaccines aren’t enough, says charity

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 22 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n516

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  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

New pledges by leaders of the G7 group of richest countries to intensify cooperation on covid-19 and commit $7.5bn (£5.3bn; €6.2bn) to sharing supplies of vaccine around the world are insufficient, a leading charity has said.

Oxfam said that steps to increase the supply of vaccines to poorer countries, though welcome, would not be enough to deal with the covid-19 threat and to redress “immoral” inequalities of access.

Meanwhile, the UK is being urged to act more quickly on its commitment to make “surplus” vaccines available to developing countries and to explain when it would have spare doses.

The leaders of the G7 countries (UK, US, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, and Italy, plus the European Union) pledged new funding on 19 February for the Covax scheme, which aims to get at least 1.3 billion doses …

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