France to double Covid vaccine doses for poorer countries
France will double the number of vaccine doses it will send to poorer countries to 120 million, President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Saturday, in a video broadcast during the Global Citizen concert in Paris.
"The injustice is that in other continents, obviously, vaccination is very late," he said. "We have to go faster, stronger.
President Joe Biden described the pandemic as an "all-hands-on-deck crisis," adding "we need other high-income countries to deliver on their own ambitions".
The European Union has committed to distributing 500 million doses.
And China's President Xi Jinping, in a video message broadcast to the UN on Tuesday, pledged a total of two billion doses by the end of the year, repeating a figure already given by the Chinese authorities.
It was not made clear how many of those would be sold and how many donated.
- More money for Africa: Macron -
France would also redirect 20 percent of the special funding it received from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) towards projects designed to restart the economies of African countries, said Macron.
"If all the major powers do the same as France, we will reach 100 billion dollars for Africa," he added.
"I will not stay silent when the companies and countries that control the global supply of vaccines think the world's poor should be satisfied with leftovers," he said earlier this month.
In contrast, the United States and Canada, with a population of just over 368 million people, has had 120 doses per hundred people.