The Quad joint statement informed that the Quad countries – United States, India, Japan, and Australia have pledged to donate more than 1.2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses globally. This will be an addition to the vaccines financed through COVAX.
In the event, the members cited that the Quad Vaccine Experts Group launched by them comprised of top experts from their respective governments. These experts were responsible for building stronger ties and better aligning their plans to support Indo-Pacific health security and COVID-19 response. The officials underlined that the partnership on COVID-19 response and relief marked a historic new focus for the Quad.
The leaders reiterated that they are committed to better preparations for the next pandemic. They cited that all together they will continue to build coordination for health-security efforts in the Indo-Pacific, and will jointly conduct at least one pandemic preparedness tabletop or exercise in 2022. They all welcomed Biological E Ltd production, including through Quad investments, of at least one billion safe and effective vaccines by the end of next year.
Meanwhile, Japan assured to continue to help regional countries to procure safe, effective, and quality-assured vaccines through 3.3 billion dollars in the COVID-19 Crisis Response Emergency Support Loan program. Australia will also deliver 212 million dollars in grant aid to purchase vaccines for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
In addition, Australia will allocate 219 million dollars to support last-mile vaccine rollouts and lead in coordinating Quad’s last-mile delivery efforts in those regions. On Friday, the White House said that the Quad countries have already delivered 79 million COVID-19 vaccines to the Indo-Pacific region.