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Minister Gerd Müller welcomes COVAX commitment, says we must not leave developing countries to fend for themselves in the fight against COVID-19

Vaccination of young children at the Kibati Goma health centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo

30.09.2020 |

BERLIN / NEW YORK – Today at a United Nations meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a further commitment in support of the COVAX vaccination platform. COVAX is led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the CEPI research alliance (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations). COVAX seeks to make vaccines accessible and affordable for all countries.

German Development Minister Gerd Müller said: "Worldwide, coronavirus is spreading at a dramatic rate. We must realise that we will either beat COVID-19 worldwide or not at all. That is why Germany supports the COVAX vaccination platform. I am grateful for Chancellor Merkel's announcement that the 100 million euros that were pledged in June for Gavi as special funds to fight COVID-19 will be made available in order to buy doses of vaccines for developing countries at a later point through the Gavi COVAX AMC. Through that commitment, Germany's development programmes will support the provision of vaccines in 92 developing countries. Access to COVID-19 vaccines must not depend on whether you are rich or poor.

"Germany will provide continued support for COVAX in 2021. But other donors now have to do their part, too. I am thus pleased that World Bank President Malpass has announced the provision of up to 12 billion dollars to help developing countries buy vaccines. Germany, the World Bank's fourth-largest shareholder, supports this strong signal in the global fight against COVID-19."

The German Development Ministry is currently implementing a global Emergency COVID-19 Support Programme worth three billion euros, which focuses on the following priorities: assistance for fragile regions affected by displacement, for instance through the construction of sanitation facilities and the provision of COVID-19 test kits; the strengthening of health systems, for instance through the construction of temporary hospitals; and efforts to cushion the severe economic consequences of the pandemic, for instance by providing support to hundreds of thousands of women textile workers in Africa and South-East Asia. Moreover, vaccines are being provided to immunise 300 million children against dangerous diseases.

Germany is the world's third-largest donor in the health sector.

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