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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK will donate 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to developing countries as part of efforts to share vaccines with countries sorely lacking

The latest information on the Group of 20 summit taking place in Rome:

ROME – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK will donate 20 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine to developing countries as part of efforts to share vaccines with countries sorely lacking them.

Johnson made the announcement when he arrived in Rome for a Group of 20 leaders’ summit, which begins on Saturday.

The UK says 10 million doses have been sent to the UN-backed COVAX vaccine sharing program, with 10 million more to follow in the coming weeks.

They join the 10 million doses that have already been delivered and are part of Britain’s pledge to share 100 million doses with countries most in need by mid-2022.

Johnson urged the club of economic powers to push to vaccinate the world by the end of 2022, saying “our first priority as the G-20 must be to move forward with rapid, fair distribution and global vaccines “.

Britain and other wealthy countries have been accused of hoarding more vaccines than they need, while some countries, particularly in Africa, have little or none at all. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, envoy for health from the World Health Organization, urged G-20 countries to speed things up and airlift unused doses to the developing world.

The British leader also hopes to draw the G-20’s attention to climate commitments as he prepares to host a United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, starting on Sunday.

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