German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G20 summit called for closer international cooperation to ensure access to vaccines against coronavirus, stressing that the funds allocated for this are not enough.
She announced this on Saturday, November 21, reports DW.
“To contain the pandemic, vaccination must be possible and available for each country. The funds allocated for this are not enough … We need reliable funding, more effective cooperation,” the Chancellor said.
According to her, the goal of the international campaign is to make available 2 billion doses of the vaccine by the end of 2021.
“For this initiative, almost $5 billion (4.2 billion euros) have already been collected. Germany’s contribution is over 500 million euros,” Merkel said.
As the newspaper notes, we are talking about the activation of the global mechanism COVAX, which is designed to provide countries of the world with equal access to safe and effective vaccines after their licensing and registration. This initiative is jointly coordinated by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), and the World Health Organization (WHO).