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. It committed $2.6 billion to the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) in 2021. Germany committed to share 100 million doses by the end of 2021 and a further 75 million doses by mid-2022. But so far, it has only delivered 20.1 million doses. 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 (SDRs allocation, 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 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.