Boris Johnson Says UK Will Donate 20 Million Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine to Underdeveloped Countries

On arriving in Rome for the a summit of Group of 20 leaders, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the following announcement: the U.K. will donate 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to developing countries as part of efforts to share vaccines with countries that sorely lack them.

The U.K. says 10 million doses have been sent to the United Nations-backed COVAX vaccine-sharing program, and 10 million more will follow in the coming weeks.

Britain and other wealthy nations have been accused of hoarding more vaccines than they need.

Johnson urged the club of economic powers to push to vaccinate the world by the end of 2022, saying that “our first priority as the G-20 must be to press ahead with the rapid, equitable and global distribution of vaccines.”

– Ella Breedlove