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Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said the UK “can and should do more” to help India.
She told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday:
The UK has sent two small shipments of assistance to India.
But don’t forget it was India that stepped up for us when almost almost a year ago today we were in real dire straights, struggling to contain the impact of the pandemic, the Prime Minister had just left hospital, we were woefully unprepared and we had to appeal to the rest of the world for help, and India stepped forward.
Openshaw said the UK could be donating about 120 million doses of vaccine to struggling countries such as India, but said it was best to work through the World Health Organisation (WHO) rather than giving it directly to specific countries.
We in this country ordered at least twice as much vaccine as we could possibly use.
That doesn’t mean we have actually got it in store houses ready to go out, but certainly we could be donating something over 120 million doses, but probably best through the WHO Covax system, which ensures equitable distribution.
That would seem a very reasonable arrangement to come to but it has to be managed properly with people keeping an eye on vaccine supplies.