Oxfam reaction to G7 leaders' plan to pledge at least 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Published: 11th June 2021

Responding to news that G7 leaders are collectively planning to pledge at least 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries, Oxfam's Health Policy Manager Anna Marriott said: 

"If the best G7 leaders can manage is to donate 1 billion vaccine doses then this summit will have been a failure. It is estimated that the world will need 11 billion doses to end the pandemic. 

"Dose sharing is part of the solution if done immediately, but charity is not going to fix the colossal vaccine supply crisis. In order to ramp up production, the G7 should break the pharmaceutical monopolies and insist that the vaccine science and know-how is shared with qualified manufacturers around the world.

"Presidents Biden and Macron have supported a waiver on the intellectual property behind COVID vaccines ―the other G7 nations should follow their lead. The lives of millions of people in developing countries should never be dependent on the good will of rich nations and profit hungry pharmaceutical corporations."

Notes to editors

The World Health Organisation has estimated that 11 billion doses are needed to vaccinate the whole world to a level of 70%, the point at which transmission could be significantly affected.

Contact information

Anna Marriott and other Oxfam spokespeople are available for comment and interview at the G7 International Media Centre in Falmouth and around the world.

Kai Tabacek in Falmouth, UK | ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk | +44 (0)7584 265 077
Annie Thériault in Lima, Peru | annie.theriault@oxfam.org | +51 936 307 990

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