Australia to donate 60M COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries

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  • Australia has benevolently decided to donate vaccines to developing nations.
  • More response is needed to curb Delta and Omicron variants troubling Aussies and the globe.
  • Australia has given AU$130 million to COVAX, in addition to AU$100 million to the Quad.

Defining benevolence in action, the Omicron and COVID-19 troubled Australia is moving ahead to donate 60 million vaccine doses to developing nations around the globe. It is committed to achieve this target by end of this year.

What has Australia done to curb COVID-19 in Asia?

  • Recently, Australia has shared over 17.5 million doses of the locally manufactured AstraZeneca vaccines with Pacific and south-east Asia.
  • It is in addition to Australia’s last week shipments of 4.5 million Pfizer vaccine doses to south-east Asian nations.
  • The doses shared include over 2.35 million doses to Cambodia, via a UNICEF initiative. It was Australia’s first donation of COVID-19 vaccines to the country.
  • Other than this, Indonesia has received most of its vaccines from Australia, followed by Vietnam Laos and Fiji, and East Timor.
  • Right from training for healthcare workers, cold chain storage, logistics to vaccines, Australia has been supporting its ‘Pacific family’.

How has Aussie foreign spending changed with COVID-19?

  • The present coalition government had reduced foreign aid budget in 2013, when it got control.
  • However, the overseas development spending now has increased by hundreds of millions of dollars during the pandemic.
  • The government is vocal for a global response to the Delta and Omicron variants outbreaks across the world.
  • However, its temporary measures, include an AU$304 million Pacific support package, ending in June.

Bottom line –

Australia has so far shared about 17.5 million vaccine doses, and 4.63 million under a UNICEF partnership.

It has also given AU$130 million under COVAX, and an assist of AU$523.2 million in the Pacific region.  Furthermore, Australia has also contributed for pandemic response in the Quad countries including India, Japan and the United States.

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