Spain reaches 50 million vaccines donated to the COVAX multilateral mechanism just one year after the Spanish Government approved the Universal Access to Vaccination Solidarity Plan
Spain has already made 50 million vaccines available to COVAX’s multilateral mechanism just one year after the Spanish Government approved the Universal Access to Vaccination Solidarity Plan. COVAX is a public-private partnership to ensure equitable access to COVID vaccines, of which 190 countries are members.
For Spain, vaccination is a global public good, making it one of the top five countries in the world in terms of donations through the COVAX mechanism and the second-largest donor in Latin America. Of these doses, 22 million have been allocated to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, 16 million to sub-Saharan Africa and 7.5 million to the Southern Neighbourhood.
In recent days, deliveries have been accelerated in several countries. This Friday, in line with Spain’s health cooperation with Latin America, a new batch of vaccines donated by Spain through the COVAX mechanism was delivered to Colombia. The delivery took place in the presence of the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Pilar Cancela Rodríguez, and the President of the Republic of Colombia, Iván Duque.
In the coming weeks, Colombia will receive 6,488,820 doses of Pfizer vaccines, which will be delivered in stages. This third delivery brings the total number of vaccines donated by Spain to 7,546,420 doses, making Spain the leading donor of vaccines to Colombia, followed by the United States, with 6 million doses donated to date.
In addition, on Saturday 29 January, 244,800 and 381,600 single-dose doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine were delivered in two Team Europe operations to Mauritania and Syria, respectively.
In the case of Mauritania, this is Spain’s fifth donation to a strategic country in our relations and reinforces our link with this neighbouring country, which is also a priority for our development cooperation. The donation to Syria is an outstanding example of Spain’s commitment to global health and, in particular, to the Syrian people who are going through a serious humanitarian situation, and thus continues the solidarity with humanitarian contexts that our country demonstrated with the recent donation of vaccines to Afghan refugees in Iran.
Likewise, on Monday 31 January, 302,400 doses were delivered to Senegal, also a priority country for Spanish Cooperation. Further deliveries will be made in the coming weeks.