Sumary of EU has shipped few COVID jab donations:
- EU countries have so far donated just a tiny portion of excess COVID-19 vaccines to poor nations, mostly AstraZeneca shots, less than 3 per cent of the 160 million doses they plan to give away in total to help tame the global pandemic, an EU document shows.
- The European Union has committed to helping inoculate the most vulnerable across the world but, like other wealthy countries, EU states have so far focused on buying shots to inoculate their own citizens, contributing to a shortage of vaccines elsewhere.
- The World Health Organisation has called on Western governments to donate shots to the COVAX program it runs with vaccine charity GAVI to ensure fair and equitable distribution to the world’s neediest.
- Many poor countries rely on COVAX for their vaccines, but it has so far delivered only 135 million shots globally and is highly dependent on donated doses.
- Plans to buy shots on its own were temporarily derailed by vaccine makers’ production problems and export restrictions in India.
- The EU has received enough vaccines to fully inoculate 70 per cent of adults, while South Africa has given only 7 per cent of its adult population one dose and Nigeria only 1 per cent.
- The EU shipments are also small compared with more than 15 million doses donated by Washington and shipped over the past month to countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America as part of the US pledge to give away 80 million vaccines.