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South Korea pledges $200 million to international COVID-19 vaccine effort

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South Korea pledges $200 million to international COVID-19 vaccine effort

MOON JAE-IN. South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers remarks before participating in a bilateral meeting at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building near the White House in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2021.

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South Korea pledges $100 million in 2021, and another $100 million in 2022 'in the form of a combination of financial and in-kind contribution'

South Korea has pledged to donate a total of $200 million to the COVAX program supplying coronavirus vaccines for lower-income countries, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) said on Friday, June 18.

COVAX, backed by GAVI and the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to secure 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021.

“The Republic of Korea pledges a contribution of a total of $100 million this year, and in 2022 another $100 million in the form of a combination of financial and in-kind contribution,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement by GAVI.

While wealthy nations with robust vaccination campaigns have inoculated large swaths of their population, much of the world lags far behind, raising concerns of more COVID-19 waves that could spawn new virus variants.

Leaders from the Group of Seven rich nations agreed over the weekend to pledge 870 million vaccine doses, with the aim of delivering at least half by the end of this year. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed this on Monday but said many more doses were needed and quickly. – Rappler.com