Vaccines: Draghi, Italy will donate 45 million doses within the year – Politics

We are ready to triple our efforts “in donating doses of vaccines.” By the end of the year, we will be donating 45 million doses “to the poorest countries. It says Prime Minister Mario Draghi speech at the ‘Global Covid-19 Summit’, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. On the occasion of the global health summit in Rome, Draghi had announced that Italy was donating 15 million doses. “We have made great progress” in the distribution of vaccines through the Covax program, but “there are still major inequalities” and “we must be ready to be more generous”, the Prime Minister emphasized.

Global cooperation is essential to allow this pandemic emergency to end and to prevent health emergencies“, adds premieres.” In the world, 2.5 billion people are vaccinated, and one billion are partially vaccinated (with a dose, red) “, the head of government recalls.

“One of the weaknesses of the global response to the pandemic has been insufficient coordination between health and financial authorities. As chair of the G20, we want to establish a ‘Global Health and Finance Board’ that “will strengthen global cooperation on the management and financing of pandemic response and prevention”, Draghi also said during the ‘Global COVID-19 Summit’. The Board “will support cooperation between the G20 and the WHO, the World Bank and other international organizations. We welcome the US proposal for a dissemination financial fund,” he added. “Let me once again thank President Biden for his leadership in promoting this event – he continues – the G20 in Rome will certainly start from today’s results”.

“Multilateral mechanisms, such as the Accelerator Act and Covax, remain the most effective tools for ensuring the efficient distribution of vaccines and creating the necessary capacity to administer them – explains the Prime Minister – We must also provide adequate logistical support to ensure that vaccines “Because, as production capacity increases, the biggest challenge will be how to transport the vaccines, not how to produce them.”

“Health is a global public good and must be preserved everywhere,” said the Prime Minister, adding that “the Global Health Summit held in May last year in Rome is a good example of what effective multilateralism can produce. Countries and pharmaceutical companies have promised doses of vaccines and funding to vulnerable countries. And in the Rome Declaration, we promised to adhere to a set of common principles in order to be better prepared to deal with the next health threat “.