Amid Gavi’s COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) agreement to make accessible COVID-19 vaccines to a total of 92 low- and middle-income countries and economies, host and administer the COVAX Facility, the umbrella mechanism to which 78 countries have already submitted written expressions of interest.
The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement on her appointment as co-chair of the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) Engagement Group:
“The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be equitable if it is to be successful. This effort to get COVID-19 vaccines out to everyone is a win for all of us.
“Canada is determined to do its part to ensure that we have a fair and equitable distribution approach for testing, future treatments, and successful vaccines. No one is safe until everyone is safe.” – Karina Gould
“Canada is a strong supporter and leading donor to the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility is the key to ending this pandemic and will only work if we all come together.
“We recently announced an additional contribution to help establish a mechanism within the COVAX Facility to allow countries to donate or exchange surplus vaccine doses, so that every dose that is produced gets to someone who needs it. The COVAX Facility Advance Market Commitment, administered by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance serves as a financing instrument that will support the participation of 92 lower-middle and low-income economies in the COVAX Facility, and ensure their access to COVID-19 vaccines.
“As a Co-Chair for the AMC Engagement Group, I look forward to working with my colleagues, Retno LP Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Indonesia, and Lia Tadesse, Minister of Health for Ethiopia to ensure safe and equitable access to vaccines for all 92 COVAX AMC-eligible economies. We will also work closely with Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and others, to mobilize support for the COVAX AMC and ensure that the facility is a success.
“Canada is determined to do its part to ensure that we have a fair and equitable distribution approach for testing, future treatments, and successful vaccines. No one is safe until everyone is safe.”
According to the latest estimates published by WHO, over 16.5 million people have been infected with COVID-19 and over 655,000 people have died from the disease.
Karina Gould, 33 is a Canadian Liberal politician who was elected as a member of parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal electoral district Burlington during the 2015 and 2019 federal elections.