Italy will triple COVID-19 vaccine donations by 2021 year-end and establish pandemic preparedness board with G20 presidency

Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, attended the Global COVID-19 Summit and announced that Italy will donate 30 million additional COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of the year, reaching 45 million donations for 2021.

Furthermore, PM Draghi declared that to prepare for future pandemics, the international community must expand vaccine and medical equipment production capacities, especially in most-vulnerable countries. Italy also supports the European Union's plan to devote 1.0 billion (US$1.2 billion) to develop several regional medical manufacturing hubs on the African continent and foster technology transfers.

Italy intends to establish the Global Health and Finance Board with its G20 Presidency to enhance global cooperation in governance and finance for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.

Press release - Italian government website