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. 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 February 2021, with a strong focus on improving vaccine manufacturing capacities and health systems in African countries.

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 it has not been transparent on how €2.2 billion in development assistance was allocated.

France must deliver at least 34 million doses by the end of the year to fulfill its dose-sharing commitment for 2021. In 2022, France must deliver on the full 120 million doses it has committed to share, publish a detailed monthly calendar on where and when doses will be shared, and provide an additional €660 million to meet the funding pledge to ACT-A.