Spain’s Sánchez calls for pandemic preparedness, universal access to COVID-19 vaccines at international fora

At both the G20 Global Health Summit (hosted by Italy and the European Commission on May 21, 2021) and the World Health Assembly (hosted by the World Health Organization on May 25, 2021), Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called for guaranteeing equal access to COVID-19 vaccines and for a new international treaty on pandemic preparedness.

Sánchez, who reiterated Spain’s strong engagement in the global fight against COVID-19, made the case for his government’s proposal, 'Vaccines for All' initiative, which is aimed at advancing universal access of COVID-19 vaccines by fostering technology transfers, reducing trade obstacles, and accelerating vaccines distribution. Sánchez also mentioned Spain’s recent announcement of providing the Latin American and Caribbean region with 8 million vaccine doses.

Despite supporting the importance of strengthening and financing the World Health Organization and the Access for COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), Sánchez did not make any financial announcement to any global health instrument.  

Press release – La Moncloa (in Spanish)

Press release – La Moncloa (in Spanish)