Spain to reserve 2 million COVID-19 vaccines exclusively for ‘humanitarian contexts’

Of the 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines Spain is set to donate to the most vulnerable countries in the first quarter of 2022, two million will be exclusively reserved “for humanitarian contexts”. [Shutterstock/Marc Bruxelle]

Of the 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines Spain is set to donate to the most vulnerable countries in the first quarter of 2022, two million will be exclusively reserved “for humanitarian contexts”, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stressed on Monday.

Sánchez conveyed again Spain’s commitment to the most vulnerable at an event held on Monday in Madrid marking the 70th anniversary of the 1951 Geneva Convention and the Refugee Status, with the participation of relevant international personalities, among them the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi.

Sánchez said Spain has already donated 24 million “solidarity vaccines” and expects to reach 50 million doses donated in the first quarter of 2022, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.

The Spanish government is “aware that the cooperation mechanisms are not managing to reach everyone”, said Sánchez, adding that “refugees are especially suffering the consequences of the pandemic” because “many” of these people have been “trapped in areas of extraordinary vulnerability”.

To help alleviate this situation, Sánchez announced that the Spanish government would work with the UNHCR and other international institutions to ensure “that these vaccines reach where they are most needed”.

(Fernando Heller | EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)

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