The SNP have said they will invest £5 million in the foreign aid budget to help developing countries recover from Covid-19 if re-elected.
The current budget of £10 million is used to help people in Malawi, Pakistan, Zambia and Rwanda.
The funding, which the party said would increase with inflation, would be used to aid the vaccine rollout in the countries, as well as for the recovery from the pandemic.
International development minister, Jenny Gilruth, said: “Scotland stands ready to play its full part in global efforts to vaccinate the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.
“It is clear that Covid-19 will remain a threat for some time to come, and we must therefore step up our international contribution.
“If re-elected, the SNP Government will increase the International Development Fund by 50%, from £10 million to £15 million, and commit to further increases in line with inflation.
“This will help with Covid preparedness, the vaccine rollout, and aid recovery from the pandemic in our partner countries.”
Ms Gilruth, who is standing in the Mid Fife and Glenrothes constituency in this election, attacked the UK Government’s cuts to foreign aid, saying: “Boris Johnson must step up to the plate by reversing the shameful Tory cuts to the UK’s international aid budget and committing additional funds to a worldwide vaccination programme.
“Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is also the only sensible course of action to benefit people all over the world.
“If we fail to act, many thousands will die from this disease unnecessarily as it spreads and mutates out of control – impacting us all.
“By casting both votes SNP on May 6, Scotland can re-elect Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister to provide the serious leadership needed to tackle Covid in Scotland, and play our full part around the world, so we can build the strong, fair and green recovery we all want to see.”