Pandemic Response Report Card: France

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… since President Emmanuel Macron said "The only effective responses to the pandemic will be those which are global, coordinated and based on solidarity"

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France is among the strongest supporters for action to mitigate the current economic crisis. It was the first country to commit to supporting vulnerable countries by recycling Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), and it pushed other G7 countries to do the same. France is also aiming to scale up aid by billions of dollars over the next few years. It has legislated to reach the 0.7% ODA/GNI target that G8 countries agreed to in 2005 by 2025. Ensuring that aid is high quality and doesn’t add to existing debt burdens will be key.

France has also been a strong supporter of vaccine equity through its leadership on dose sharing. It was the first country to share doses with African countries in April 2021, with a strong focus on improving vaccine manufacturing capacities and health systems in African countries, as well as the first country to publish a monthly doses donations calendar until June 2022

But France has lagged behind in financial efforts to support vaccination in the world's poorest countries. France committed only 27% of the €1.03 billion it was asked to pledge to the Access to COVID-19 Tool Accelerator (ACT-A) in 2021. And the AFD (French development agency) has not been transparent on how the €2.2 billion in bilateral development assistance was allocated. France must be a better role model and team player on the financial front in 2022, both in terms of quantity and transparency.

In 2022, France should use its EU Presidency role to make sure the EU supports the TRIPS waiver, publishes its own dose sharing calendar, increases its financial support to end the pandemic everywhere and agrees on an ambitious roadmap to reach the objective of recycling at least 100bn SDRs to the benefit of the most vulnerable countries as soon as possible.