UK begins deliveries of nine million Covid-19 vaccinations overseas as part of drive to fight virus



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he UK has began deliveries of nine million Covid-19 vaccinations overseas as part of an international drive to fight the virus.

Further batches will be shipped this week and distributed to countries including Indonesia, Jamaica and Kenya, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said.

The Government has pledged a total of 100 million vaccines abroad, 80 million of which will go to the Covax scheme which helps supply vaccines to lower-income countries.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced plans to ship excess vaccines overseas to “vulnerable” countries on Wednesday.

He said: “The UK is sending nine million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the first batch of the 100 million doses we’ve pledged, to get the most vulnerable parts of the world vaccinated as a matter of urgency.

“We’re doing this to help the most vulnerable, but also because we know we won’t be safe until everyone is safe.”

The FCDO said the first international vaccine deployment would help to meet urgent demand in regions currently experiencing high levels of Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths.

Five million doses are being offered to Covax for distribution and four million doses will be shared directly with countries in need.

Indonesia will receive 600,000 doses, 300,000 will be sent to Jamaica and 817,000 are to be transported to Kenya, among other countries.



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