Britain has begun shipping COVID-19 vaccines to delegates attending the global climate talks it’s hosting next month who won’t have access to them at home, with the first shots delivered next week.
The COP26 conference, postponed from last year, will take place from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow.
Typically, delegates from more than 190 countries attend annual talks, but as many countries still struggle with the novel coronavirus, climate and health experts have said poorer countries struggling to access COVID-19 vaccines may find it difficult to send delegates.
“Vaccinations are being dispatched and vaccination will begin next week and through mid-September for the second shot in October, well ahead of COP26,” UK COP26 envoy John Murton said on Twitter on Friday.
He did not specify where the vaccines would be sent or how many will be shipped.
Britain said in June it would offer vaccines to those who needed them, but some community groups have since expressed concerns, urging time to give two shots before the conference starts.
The talks are aimed at urging countries to make more ambitious commitments to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and keep global average temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius this century, in line with the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
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