Pandemic Response Report Card: Germany

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… since Former Chancellor Angela Merkel said "The pandemic is not over until all people in the world have been vaccinated."

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Germany is among the strongest supporters for multilateral efforts to scale up access to vaccines in the world’s poorest countries. During its G7 presidency this year, Germany must use the opportunity to promote a more equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. It committed $2.6 billion to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) in 2021. Germany committed to share 175 million vaccine doses by mid-2022. It has slightly missed its 2021 target of 100 million doses but is close to reaching it. According to the government, pharmaceutical companies have contributed to delays by not offering delivery schedules. Germany will not be recycling any of its Special Drawing Rights but it has contributed to economic response funds at the IMF and other multilaterals.

Germany increased its official development assistance (ODA) in 2020 and 2021, reaching the target of 0.7% ODA/GNI that the G8 agreed to in 2005. In 2022, the new German government must continue this level of foreign aid, including US$1.7 billion to the ACT-Accelerator and vaccine distribution in partner countries, and keep its promise on dose deliveries to COVAX and low-income countries. The new government should also lay out how it will contribute to the economic recovery of African countries and ensure it is equivalent to other major economies that are recycling SDRs.