The Canadian government pledged to provide Nigeria, Kenya, and Niger with more than 1 million COVID-19 doses through the COVAX initiative.
Nigeria will receive 801,600 doses, Kenya 459,300, and Niger 100,800.
Canada’s contribution comes as part of a recent pledge of over 40 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to the COVAX initiative. Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, recognized Canada for its strong commitment to global public health. Canada has pledged over CA$500 million (US$399 million) to the COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC), CA$1.3 billion (US$1.0 billion) to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, and 40 million vaccine doses to COVAX.