Vaccines: Iain Dale says promise ‘doesn’t quite cut it’
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France has offered to donate 30 million coronavirus vaccines, a number that is dwarfed by both the UK and US pledges. Iain Dale told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the offer from Emmanuel Macron “does not cut it” when compared with other G7 nations.
Mr Dale said: “America has ordered 500 million Pfizer vaccines which I think cost about $18 dollars each. If they had ordered 1.5 billion AstraZeneca vaccines that would have been roughly the same price.
“So they could have actually ordered a lot more but I suppose they have to order the American one.
“Britain has already contributed a huge amount to the Covax scheme.
“I think it is great that Boris Johnson has said another 100 million.
Emmanuel Macron and France’s vaccine offer was criticised by Iain Dale (Image: GETTY)
“But it is a massive task, you have France offering 30 million.
“I am sorry but that does not quite cut it, does it?”
The United Kingdom has pledged to donate 100 million vaccines.
Overall the G7 will donate one billion doses.
Joe Biden praises UK’s coronavirus vaccine rollout
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden backed the US and UK to lead the fight against Covid.
He said: “We’re now coordinating our withdrawal [from the pandemic] together and of course to talk about how our two nations can together lead the fight against COVID-19.
“That’s been a major focus of the G7 under British leadership, particularly in focussing and coordinating our resources to help vaccinate the world.”
Mr Biden added that Mr Johnson had led a “strong campaign to get people vaccinated across the UK”.
On Friday morning, Boris Johnson tweeted: “The success of our vaccine programme means we can donate at least 100m surplus doses in the next year to those who need them.
“I hope my fellow @G7 leaders will make similar pledges so that, together, we can vaccinate the world by the end of next year.”
While US President Joe Biden wrote: “The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is stronger than ever.
“Thank you for hosting me today, Prime Minister Johnson.”