British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at the end of the three-day summit on Sunday that the leaders of the G7 countries have pledged to provide 1 billion doses of the covid-19 vaccine to poorer countries.
Johnson said the funds will be raised by combining funds from the countries that donate directly and payments to the COVAX vaccine exchange program supported by the World Health Organization, but the details are not yet clear.
Johnson had previously announced that Britain would donate 100 million doses from its own surplus.
The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 11 billion doses of vaccine are needed to fight the pandemic.
This far exceeded the donation amount set by the G7, and humanitarian associations and other organizations that collected various aids for the poor responded immediately.
“It sounds better than it really is,” commented Fiona Uellendahl of World Vision, a charity that helps children around the world.