Minister Sajjan to travel to UN headquarters to participate in debate on universal vaccination

News release

February 23, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, today announced that he will travel to New York City to participate in the Galvanizing Momentum for Universal Vaccination debate, on February 25, convened by His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, President of the UN General Assembly.

The Minister will deliver a statement on behalf of Canada, addressing a number of key challenges, as well as solutions, which will ensure vaccines are available for everyone everywhere as soon as possible.

The Minister will be in New York City on Thursday, February 24, and Friday, February 25. Prior to and following his participation in the debate, he will meet with UN and international partners to discuss shared interests and priorities.

All COVID-19-related public health rules and guidelines will be followed before, during and after the Minister’s trip.


“Our collective challenge is now one of delivery: vaccines have to get into the arms of people who need them. We are united in our commitment to do what it takes to end this crisis for everyone everywhere. Now is not the time to stop or slow our efforts.”

- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

Quick facts

  • Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Canada has committed more than $2.6 billion to supporting the global response. This includes a contribution of over $1.3 billion to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics are available around the world. Of this, $545 million has been provided to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX Facility) for the procurement, delivery and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Canada has committed to donating the equivalent of at least 200 million doses to the COVAX Facility by the end of 2022. Through financial contributions and donated surplus doses, Canada has made the equivalent of approximately 100 million doses available to COVAX.

  • The COVAX Facility has collectively delivered more than 1.19 billion doses to 144 countries and territories around the world. Canada is working closely with COVAX partners and vaccine manufacturers to encourage the timely, predictable release and allocation of doses that Canada has committed to donate through COVAX.

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