Policy & Regulation
Former UK PM says West not meeting COVID-19 vaccine pledges
18 October 2021 -

Former Prime Minster of the UK, Gordon Brown, has said that the West is not honouring is pledges when it comes to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world, BBC News reported on Monday.

Brown told BBC's Newsday programme: "We made a promise that we'll vaccinate the whole world by next year but we're missing all the targets."

There was a target to vaccinate 10% of Europe's population by the end of September, which was missed. It currently looks unlikely that the end-of-year 40% vaccination goal will be met.

Citing research from Airfinity, Brown said that this is happening while 240 million vaccines are in Canada, the US, the UK and the EU which are sitting idle and may never be used.

The former prime minister wants the rich nations to meet ahead of a G20 summit at the end of the month to devise a plan.

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