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February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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G7 leaders are set to make vaccine pledges to help poorer nations out of the pandemic as they are criticized for stockpiling hundreds of millions of doses.

(CNN)At a virtual meeting today of G7 leaders -- from the US, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Japan — President Joe Biden will unveil a $2 billion US contribution to COVAX, an initiative set up to help provide safe and effective vaccines for 92 low and middle-income economies.

In contrast, US administration officials said no decision had been made on directly donating its surplus doses to other countries -- a key part in speeding up efforts to get the world's population vaccinated.

The unfair reality is just 10 countries have administered 75% of the world's available Covid-19 vaccine supply, while more than 130 nations haven't even received their first doses, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said this week.

Rich countries are on track to stockpile over 1 billion "more doses of Covid-19 vaccines than they need to fully vaccinate all their citizens . . .

That can be worrisome for people who were set to receive their second dose of the two-dose Covid-19 vaccines, which are supposed to have a second inoculation administered three or four weeks after the first.

An Israeli study found that people who got a single dose of Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine were increasingly less likely to develop Covid-19 symptoms as time passed, and they were 85% less likely to get sick two to four weeks after getting their first shot.

The findings are likely to bolster calls to delay second doses in order to give as many people as possible the protection of a first dose of the scarce vaccines.

It comes after Pfizer/BioNTech announced Thursday that the first participants of its global Covid-19 vaccine trial for pregnant women have received their first doses.

A day earlier, Taiwanese health minister Chen Shih-chung said in a radio interview that Taiwan and BioNTech were about to sign a deal for 5 million vaccine doses in December, when the company suddenly backed out.

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