Shot of hope: Australia’s role in vaccinating the world against COVID-19

COVID-19 Immunisation Developing countries Health equity Public health Australia

The COVID-19 pandemic will not end for anyone, until it ends for everyone. This report makes the case for an ambitious, expansive and intelligent investment to vaccinate the world. 

Below are the seven key recommendations the End COVID For All Coalition are calling on the Australian government to commit to as an expression of their commitment to global vaccination: 

1. COVAX Finance Commitment:

  • Contributing a fair share to the global COVAX facility by making an additional AUD $250 million commitment  
  • Make a commitment to share 20 million vaccines through the COVAX facility  

2. COVAX Vaccine Sharing Commitment:

  • Commit to vaccine equity for all frontline workers and vulnerable groups around the world  
  • Commit AUD $50 million to addressing vaccine hesitancy  

3. Vaccine Equity:

  • Australia’s mass domestic rollout of booster shots, beyond priority groups, in 2022 must be accompanied by accelerated and expanded efforts by Australia to ensure that our region and the world’s most vulnerable populations have improved access to safe and effective vaccines.

4. Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy:

  • The Australian Government invests at least 10% of the AUD $500 million Vaccine Access and Health Security Initiative into addressing vaccine hesitancy in Southeast Asia and the Pacific through strengthened partnerships with trusted, community led organisations.
  • The Australian Government reports publicly at least monthly on its bilateral sharing commitments including dosages delivered and administered at a country level.

5. Respond to Delta Beyond Vaccines:

  • The Australian Government commits AUD $170 million to the Rapid ACT-Accelerator Delta Response (RADAR) urgent appeal.
  • The Australian Government establishes a rapid response framework and fund which can be triggered by predetermined thresholds to deliver a surge response to outbreaks in the Indo-Pacific region.  

6. Scaling Australia's Regional Response:

  • The Australian Government invests in domestic production capability to produce an additional 50-100 million vaccines to sell at cost in southeast Asia.
  • The Australian Government supports the establishment of a World Health Organization

7. Rebuilding our region and the world:

  • The Australian Government commitments to vaccine equity and responding to outbreaks are in addition to the existing Australian aid budget of AUD $4 billion and existing temporary and targeted measures.
  • The Australian aid budget continues to grow in line with the effort required to respond to the growth in extreme poverty in our region and around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This report was co-authored by an Expert Advisory Group of researchers, analysts, and leaders from the following organisations. Burnet Institute, Micah Australia, Australian Global Health Alliance, Pacific Friends of Global Health, UNICEF Australia, Médecins Sans Frontières Australia, Australian Council for International Development, Save the Children Australia, World Vision Australia and Global Citizen Results Australia.

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