Saudi Arabia 'In Talks' With COVID Vaccine Makers to Supply Yemen, African States

Saudi Arabia's finance minister says, 'We are negotiating with a lot of the vaccination companies to provide more vaccinations particularly to low income countries'

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending a video conference in Riyadh
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending a video conference in RiyadhCredit: Bandar Al-Jaloud / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP
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Saudi Arabia's finance minister said on Tuesday his country was talking to manufacturers to provide COVID-19 vaccines to low-income countries including Yemen and African states.

"We are negotiating with a lot of the vaccination companies to provide more vaccinations particularly to low income countries," Mohammed al-Jadaan told the virtual World Economic Forum in Davos.

Saudi Arabia leads a military coalition that has been fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi group in Yemen since early 2015, in a war that has pushed Yemen into a humanitarian crisis.

Jadaan said Yemen and some African nations would not be able to get enough vaccines through the COVAX facility - the global pooled procurement mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines.

The COVAX program aims to help Yemen reach 20% of its high-risk population with donated vaccines.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier told the same forum that wealthy countries should stop hoarding excess COVID-19 vaccines that they had ordered but did not immediately need.

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