International – UK and Australia agree to share vaccines to tackle global pandemic

UK and Australia to share 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses with each other to enhance roll-out of life-saving jabs.

  • Next batch of more than 2 million UK doses delivered to vulnerable countries across Africa and Asia through COVAX
  • Almost 9 in 10 over 16s in the UK have now received their first COVID-19 jab, and sharing will have no impact on UK roll-out or any future booster programme

The UK and Australia will share COVID-19 vaccine doses to benefit each other’s life-saving vaccine roll-out programmes, the government has announced today.

The UK will send 4 million Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines to Australia to rapidly enhance their vaccination programme, with the first batch of 292,000 doses due to be shipped shortly. Australia will return the same overall volume of doses before the end of the year.