The Swedish Government is donating 722 000 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to low- and middle-income countries
The Government has decided to donate 722 000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX global vaccine initiative. Sweden has thereby donated more than 15 million doses and contributed more than SEK 2 billion to global vaccination efforts against COVID-19.
“Our support to COVAX is saving lives and creating conditions for good health in a number of countries. Sweden’s donation will enable people in low- and middle-income countries to receive booster doses of the same type of vaccine being used in ongoing Swedish vaccination campaigns,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell.
Some 72 per cent of the world’s population have now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. But in low-income countries the number is just 23 per cent, and although the vaccination rate has increased in recent months, it remains considerably lower than in high-income countries. In total, 13.2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally. The Government stands ready to donate more doses to countries with capacity to vaccinate their populations. This donation does not affect the Swedish population’s possibilities to get vaccinated.