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Spain will donate 50 million Covid vaccines to developing countries

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced the doses will delivered, mainly to Latin American nations, before the end of the first quarter of 2022


Spain will accelerate the donation of vaccines to developing countries, in particular Latin American nations, in the coming months, reaching 50 million doses delivered before the end of the first quarter of next year.

"It will be a little more than one for each Spanish citizen," said Pedro Sánchez last Sunday when announcing the measure during the G20 summit held in Rome.

The fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the need to take relevant measures to face the climate emergency were the main themes of the meeting of the most developed countries in the world.

"I am satisfied with what has been achieved," said the socialist leader, saying the expectations of the summit "have been far exceeded" by the commitments reached. He acknowledged that now it will be necessary to "measure" with "facts" that the measures agreed in the final document are now delivered.

Among them is facilitating access to vaccines for developing nations so that, by the middle of 2022, some 70 per cent of the world's population will be vaccinated against Covid-19.

This G20 objective was proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO), that has also set a target of 40 per cent global coverage with vaccines before the end of 2021.

Pedro Sánchez, in one of the sessions of the G20 summit in Rome. / EUROPA PRESS