Pandemic Response Report Card: Netherlands

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… since Mark Rutte said "COVID-19 will remain a threat for as long as a large part of the world is not fully vaccinated. So global solidarity is not simply the right thing to do, it is the only thing we can do to end the pandemic"

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The Netherlands committed to donate at least 27 million vaccines in kind in 2021. The Netherlands has committed to donate at least as many vaccines as they use, under the motto "Get one - Give one". To date, only 20.0 million doses have been delivered.

While the vaccines committed for sharing represented almost the totality of the available excess doses in the country in 2021, financial efforts need to massively scale up. The Netherlands committed only $211 million to ACT-A over 2020 and 2021 and has reserved $61.60 million in the 2022 budget, with a strong emphasis on vaccines but with less emphasis on underfunded ACT-A pillars. The Netherlands support recycling SDRs and the 100 billion dollars commitment as set out in the G20 Leaders’ Summit declaration at the end of October. Political endorsement has not been followed with concrete action and currently only 0.25%of its allocation has been recycled to vulnerable countries.

At the end of September 2021, during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte committed to stepping up vaccine production and sharing the available doses fairly to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible everywhere in the world.