Australia to donate 20 million AstraZeneca doses to billion-vaccine pledge
Australia will donate 20 million doses of locally made AstraZeneca vaccines to Asian and Pacific nations as part of a global plan to deliver one billion doses to nations seeking urgent help confronting the pandemic.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who arrived in Britain on Friday for the G7 summit, pledged the minute he landed in Britain that Australia would ship desperately needed doses to countries across the region, countering Chinese efforts to use vaccine exports to build its influence in the Pacific.
“Australia will be doing its part, as we already have been, committing some 20 million doses as part of that effort here at the G7 Plus in Cornwall,” Mr Morrison said.
“These 20 million doses will go support our region to ensure that we continue to exercise our responsibility as part of a broader global responsibility to combat this virus.”
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