On the announcement of the UK Government’s booster vaccine roll-out plan, Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy, The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) says:

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“Millions of people in the UK will benefit from the Government’s vaccine booster programme. Even more crucial to ending the global pandemic, however, is ensuring that all unvaccinated high-risk groups and health workers all over the world also have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

“Only 20% of people in low and lower-middle-income countries have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 80% in higher income countries like the UK. While the UK Government’s commitment to donate 100 million doses to COVAX – including 30 million in 2021 – is a critical step in addressing this worrying imbalance, the speed and volume of dose sharing must urgently increase in 2021 through COVAX.

“The UK Government must fulfil its promise now to ensure high-risk groups and health workers in low and middle income countries receive vaccines. This is the only way to protect us all from variants of the virus, and put an end to this pandemic for good.”

For more information, contact UNICEF UK’s press office:

Yemi Lufadeju – yemil@unicef.org.uk
Press office – media@unicef.org.uk – 0207 375 6030

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