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Spain donates more than 20 million vaccines to Africa through COVAX

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Throughout this week, the 10 million vaccines delivered to countries on the African continent will have been exceeded, and at least another 10 million will be delivered in the coming weeks, the destinations still to be confirmed.

Ivory Coast was the first African country to receive the first Spanish delivery through COVAX on November 4, and it is expected that tomorrow it will receive a second batch of more than 1,250,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines. On the other hand, Angola has received 3,417,600 vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson in the last few days. Among the recipients are Mauritania, Egypt with more than four million, or the Republic of the Congo.

These figures are a clear example of Spain’s international solidarity with its partners and make us one of the most committed countries in the European Union in promoting equitable access to vaccines.

In compliance with the Plan for Universal Access to Solidarity Vaccination approved by the Government on January 19, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced at the G-20 summit that Spain would donate 50 million vaccines through COVAX. Of these, at least 20 million will go to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa.

Spain considers that vaccination is a global public good, and therefore is committed to access to it from the multilateral mechanism of COVAX. This mechanism has allowed Spain to be the second donor country in Latin America, and to be among the top five countries in donations delivery through the COVAX mechanism.

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