Wealthy Nations Step Up—Finally

Leaders of the G-7 industrialized nations are expected to pledge 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses today in a move that will help low- and middle-income countries but still fall short of—and arrive later than—what’s needed. 

  • Half the doses will come from the US, 100 million will be donated by the UK, and France will deliver 30 million doses by year’s end, AP reports
  • The 500 million US doses are on top of 80 million already pledged to deliver by June 30—and may quell recent demands from advocates that the US step up its vaccine commitments.


While some wealthy nations with plentiful vaccine supplies are easing into a wary normalcy, the pandemic is still raging in many countries. 

  • The 1.88 million COVID-19 deaths recorded this year have surpassed mortality totals from 2020, according to a Wall Street Journal articlepublished last night (paywall).  
  • African countries are at special risk—only 7 are positioned to meet the WHO goal that 10% of every country’s population be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 by September, The New York Times reports.
  • 225 million doses are needed for countries on the continent to achieve the goal.

The Quote: “We have to use a combination of vaccines to win this battle against Covid-19,” said Africa CDC director John Nkengasong yesterday. “We are at war and you go to war with what you have, not what you need.”

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