Canada pledges more COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries. Photo: File
Canada pledges more COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries. Photo: File 

At the G20 conference on Saturday, Canada agreed to distribute millions additional Covid vaccination shots to disadvantaged nations throughout the world.

“By the end of 2022, Canada will have donated the equivalent of at least 200 million doses to the COVAX Facility,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement, referring to the worldwide vaccine-sharing agreement.

He stated that 10 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine will be distributed “soon” to underdeveloped countries.

Canada has also offered $15 million to assist South Africa in increasing vaccine manufacturing, according to Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland during a press conference in Rome.

These monies should be used to establish a “technology transfer centre” in order for the region to generate messenger RNA vaccines against Covid-19.

“We do not control production, but we are certain that by 2022, we will be able to contribute at this level,” Freeland added.

Moderna, an American business, said in August that it planned to establish the first vaccine production factory outside of the United States in Canada.

According to the Canadian government, the COVAX programme got less than three million of the 40 million doses originally pledged by Canada on Saturday, with further deliveries anticipated in the following days.