​Minister of Public Health: Qatar supports the COVAX facility to accelerate global access to COVID-19 vaccines

​Minister of Public Health: Qatar supports the COVAX facility to accelerate global access to COVID-19 vaccines

QLNews
By QLNews

​Qatar participated today in the GAVI-COVAX Summit co-hosted by Japan and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), under the theme "One Protected World".

Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, represented the State of Qatar at the summit via videoconferencing.

The summit aims to strengthen international cooperation to secure the necessary funding for the COVID-19 vaccination program and accelerate access to effective and safe vaccines for lower-income countries.

Addressing the summit, Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari stressed Qatar's support for the COVAX facility to accelerate global access to COVID19 vaccines.

HE Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari said, "We stress the importance of adhering to the political declaration on COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that all countries have access to vaccines in a comprehensive, equitable, affordable, and timely manner.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Qatar provided aids to over 80 countries severely impacted by the pandemic since last year. At the June 2020 Global Vaccine Summit held in London, His Highness Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani announced Qatar’s contribution of $20 million to the GAVI.

A core contribution agreement has followed this announcement, in which $10 million is donated to WHO to support WHO’s Thirteenth General Program of Work (GPW13) and the initiative of accelerating the access to COVID-19 tools in countries most in need.

This donation makes Qatar one of only four countries that have donated unearmarked funds to WHO, in line with recent recommendation for flexible donations.

We also take pride in Qatar Red Crescent's initiative, in collaboration with the WHO, which aims to allocate its charitable donations to provide (COVID-19) vaccines to refugees, displaced persons, and migrants around the world. The initiative was launched April 2021 and will run for three years.”

HE Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari highlighted the prominent role Qatar Airways plays in transporting COVID-19 vaccines and other vital supplies to impacted regions and communities worldwide.

In this regard, Qatar Airways Cargo has delivered 27 million COVID-19 vaccines as of early April 2021, including COVID-19 vaccines for UNICEF as part of the five-year MoU to support UNICEF’s Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative.

"It has become clear that putting an end to this pandemic requires effective international solidarity and shared responsibility. Qatar affirms its commitment to supporting the efforts of the international community to ensure all countries, including lower-income countries, have equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. 

World health security requires joint international action to combat the health challenges that threaten us all. Let's indeed come together for ‘one world protected’, leaving no one behind,” concluded HE Dr. Hanan Al Kuwari.

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content.

Instagram - @qatarliving

Twitter - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

YouTube qatarlivingofficial

Source & Cover Image Credit: MoPH
Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Let's dive into the best beaches in Qatar, where you can have a blast with water activities, sports and all around good times.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

This guide brings you the top apps that will simplify the use of government services in Qatar.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

this guide presents the top must-have Qatar-based apps to help you navigate, dine, explore, access government services, and more in the country.
Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Qatar's winter months are brimming with unmissable experiences, from the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to the World Aquatics Championships Doha 2024 and a variety of outdoor adventures and cultural delights.
7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

Stuck with a week-long holiday and bored kids? We've got a one week activity plan for fun, learning, and lasting memories.
Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a sweet escape into the world of budget-friendly Mango Sticky Rice that's sure to satisfy both your cravings and your budget!
Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in  high-end elegance

Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in high-end elegance

Delve into a world of culinary luxury as we explore the upmarket hotels and fine dining restaurants serving exquisite Mango Sticky Rice.
Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Celebrate World Vegan Day with our list of vegan food outlets offering an array of delectable options, spanning from colorful salads to savory shawarma and indulgent desserts.