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Covid 19: Canada’s Global Initiative for Vaccine Equity

In response to global calls for support to enhance vaccine roll-out in early 2022, Canada launched Canada’s Global Initiative for Vaccine Equity (CanGIVE), a $317 million signature initiative to bolster COVID-19 vaccine delivery, strengthen health systems and increase regional vaccine manufacturing capacity.

As the world moves beyond emergency pandemic response, continued access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments will remain critical for high-risk groups. In some low- and lower-middle income countries, vaccination rates remain low and health systems have been overstretched by the pandemic. This poses significant challenges to long-term COVID-19 management and recovery efforts. Countries require support to integrate COVID-19 vaccination into ongoing immunization programs and primary health services in a way that strengthens the broader health system and reverses the backsliding trend in routine immunization that occurred over the pandemic.

Canada is contributing to these efforts, building on Canada’s long-standing commitment to investing in and supporting health systems worldwide. Through CanGIVE, Canada will continue to support vaccination for high-risk groups where vaccination coverage remains low, particularly in humanitarian contexts and hard-to-reach places.

The initiative builds on Canada’s long-standing commitment to investing in and supporting health systems worldwide.

CanGIVE aims to:

CanGIVE focuses on 12 countries: Bangladesh, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

Through CanGIVE, Canada is partnering with:

These investments are part of Canada’s $732-million commitment to the ACT-Accelerator and were announced on May 12, 2022, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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