The Quad countries — the United States, India, Japan, and Australia — welcomed India’s announcement to resume exports of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines, including to Covax, from October.
The Quad nations also pledged to donate more than 1.2 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses globally, in addition to the vaccines financed through Covax.
According to the statement as quoted by the White House, 79 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have already been delivered to the Indo-Pacific region.
Besides this, the Quad nations also welcomed Biological E LTD’s production.
“The Quad leaders welcome Biological E LTD’s production, including through our Quad investments, of at least one billion safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines by the end of 2022,” the statement read.
“Today, we are proud to announce an initial step towards the supply that will immediately help the Indo-Pacific and the world to end the pandemic,” the statement read.
“Our vaccine partnership remains on track to expand manufacturing at Biological E Ltd. This fall so that it can produce at least 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of 2022,” read the statement.
“As a first step towards that new capacity, the leaders will announce bold actions that will immediately help the Indo-Pacific in its quest to end the pandemic,” it added.
Further, the Quad leaders said that they are committed to better preparations for the next pandemic.
“We will continue to build coordination for health-security efforts in the Indo-Pacific, and we will jointly conduct at least one pandemic preparedness tabletop or exercise in 2022,” they said.
As per the statement, Japan said that it will continue to help regional countries procure safe, effective, and quality-assured vaccines through $3.3 billion in the Covid-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan program.
Australia will deliver $212 million in grant aid to purchase vaccines for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
In addition, Australia will allocate $219 million to support last-mile vaccine rollouts and take the lead in coordinating Quad’s last-mile delivery efforts in those regions.
“We will continue to strengthen and support the life-saving work of international organisations and partnerships, including the WHO, Covax, Gavi, CEPI, and UNICEF; and national governments,” the statement said.
“The leaders are fully committed to strengthening vaccine confidence and trust. To that end, Quad countries will host an event at the 75th World Health Assembly [WHA] dedicated to combatting hesitancy,” it added.