Today, Wednesday, France launched a new initiative to provide vaccines against the emerging coronavirus to poor countries.
A French official said that his country will become the first country in the European Union to send some of its own supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine to developing countries through the global “Kovacs” project, in the hope that other countries will follow.
The first batch, which France announced a donation this month, represents 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The Kovacs project aims to provide two million doses to low-income countries by the end of 2021 and has received billions of dollars in support, but without donating a single dose of vaccine.
An advisor to French President Emmanuel Macron said, “France will launch the European mechanism to share the vaccine with Kovacs.” He added, “We are very hopeful that other countries will commit to sharing the vaccine with Kovacs.”
Macron urged European Union countries to send 5 percent of their vaccine supplies to developing countries.
The “Kovacs” project said last March that it aimed to provide 237 million doses of the “AstraZeneca” vaccine to 142 countries by the end of next May. It also shipped the first doses of anti-corona vaccines to several countries.
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