Vaccine aid commitment backed by town MP - The Evesham Observer

Vaccine aid commitment backed by town MP

Rob George 14th Jun, 2021   0

WEST WORCESTERSHIRE MP Harriett Baldwin has welcomed news the Government’s commitment to share vaccines with the world will result in an international aid boost.

The MP has spoken out about the plans to reduce international aid contributions to half a per cent of national income and has called for MPs to be able to vote on the policy shift.

Mrs Baldwin spoke in Parliament last week and encouraged the Government to share vaccine stock with other countries and she has called for the financial donations to fund this project to come on top of the current aid spending commitment.

“The vaccine programme has been enormously successful in the United Kingdom but the job will not be complete until all of the world has been able to access our excellent vaccines,” she said.

“This is coming through sharing of stockpiles and also financial support, and I was pleased that the Government has confirmed that this cash will come on top of our existing spending commitments.

“Of course, I am keen that we stick to our 0.7 per cent commitment, which I and every MP backed at the last General Election. This announcement takes us closer to the goal and shows that aid is a win-win, making the world safer for everyone.

“I am proud that we can still say we are doing our bit to help the poorest countries deal with this global public health crisis.”

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