NDM7827 - Opposition DebateTabled on 10/11/2021 | For debate on 17/11/2021
To propose that the Senedd:
a) that Wales is committed, by law, to act as a globally responsible nation under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015;
b) that low-income countries are bearing the highest burden of the health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic;
c) the efforts of Welsh NHS staff in ensuring Wales has one of the most successful vaccine-delivery programmes globally.
2. Believes that, with this leadership position and experience, comes responsibility for Wales to share its expertise, technical knowledge and medical supplies with low income countries to support global vaccine and treatment programmes.
3. Calls on the Welsh Government to convene Welsh health boards, Public Health Wales and Welsh charities to identify and deliver long-term support to low income countries to bring the pandemic under control at a global level.
4. Calls on the UK Government to back plans to waive intellectual property rules and insist that vaccine know-how and technology is shared via the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 technology access pool, enabling a life-saving escalation in global vaccine production.
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Further notes that the UK Government has provided £548 million to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, which overall is providing 1.8 billion vaccines to up to 92 countries to ensure global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Recognises that as part of the UK’s G7 Presidency, the UK Government has championed equitable access to vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics and secured the commitment from AstraZeneca to distribute its vaccine on a non-profit basis.
Acknowledges that the UK Government’s network of health advisers in relevant countries are supporting host governments to receive and deliver vaccines and will share an additional 100 million doses by June 2022.