Britain has begun delivering COVID-19 vaccines to delegates who will take part in the global climate talks next month but do not have access to the drugs at home.
This was reported by Reuters.
The COP26 conference, rescheduled from last year, will be held from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow.
Normally, delegates from more than 190 countries attend the annual talks, but with many countries still struggling with the coronavirus, climate and health experts say poor countries struggling to access COVID-19 vaccines may struggle to send delegates.
“Vaccines are being delivered, and vaccinations will start next week and go through mid-September, the second dose will be in October well before COP26,” John Merton of COP26 in Britain said Friday.
He did not specify where the vaccines would be sent or how many would be delivered.
Britain said in June that it would offer vaccines to those who needed them, but some civil society groups have since expressed concern that two doses of vaccines would not be available in time for the conference.
The climate talks aim to spur more ambitious commitments by countries to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and keep global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius during this century, in line with the 2015 Paris climate agreement.