Anglo American to donate $30 million to global COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Anglo American has announced it will contribute US$30 million towards the global roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines across its operational footprint.

The diversified miner, which operates in jurisdictions including Canada, Brazil, South Africa, India, China and Australia, plans to support the procurement of vaccines by host governments while providing logistical services and other infrastructure required to facilitate the efficient roll-out of the vaccines.

“Anglo American has a long history of supporting major public health programmes to help improve the health of our employees and host communities,” said chief executive Mark Cutifani. “This is in our DNA as a company – it is how we do business. We must help in any way we can.”

In South Africa, Anglo American will support the national COVID-19 vaccine programme – led by the government – by allocating $10 million of the company’s global support commitment.

This contribution of cash and in-kind support includes: The purchase of vaccines via South Africa’s Solidarity Fund, vaccine transportation and storage support, use of Anglo American’s operational health facilities and health professionals for vaccinating its 45,000-strong workforce and training community health workers to assist in administering vaccines.

Chair of Anglo American’s management board in South Africa, Nolitha Fakude, said: “By supporting the South African government’s efforts to roll out vaccines at speed and scale, we are making a further positive contribution to helping protect the lives and livelihoods of millions of South Africans.”

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