Australia urged to spend more on Covax program amid criticisms of ‘vaccine diplomacy’

Posted by on January 30, 2022 11:30 am
Categories: Global Stories

Distribution of nearly 18m Covid vaccine doses to Pacific and south-east Asia has come at expense of global effort

Australia has distributed 18m doses of Covid-19 vaccine to neighbouring countries but is being urged to dedicate money and resources to Covax – the global vaccination mechanism – so that the world’s least-inoculated countries can access vaccines.

Australia’s “vaccine diplomacy”, focusing on bilateral donations to the Pacific and south-east Asia has come at the expense of commitments to the global Covax facility, to which it has committed zero doses and only $130m.

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