French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to send 120 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the poor countries, Sputnik reported on Sunday.
Macron’s statements came during a live video streamed at Global Citizen Live on Saturday, saying: “France pledges to double the number of doses it is giving.”
Regarding France’s pledge of sending vaccine doses to poor and developing countries, the French President announced, saying: “We will pass from 60 million to 120 million doses offered.”
France is not the only country that pledged to double its share of vaccine doses that will be sent to poor countries as Japan announced increasing its share to 60 million doses after adding extra 30 million doses, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Thursday.
More than 23 million locally manufactured AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines were distributed to neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Regarding the rest of Japan’s pledge doses, they will be shared through COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) to secure the concept of equal sharing of vaccines, especially with developing and poor countries. In addition, Japan committed to funding COVAX with $1 billion.
The Asian state became the third-largest vaccine donator, behind the US, and China.