Published: Sat, June 05, 2021
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Biden Declares US Will Donate 80 Million Vaccine Doses

Biden Declares US Will Donate 80 Million Vaccine Doses

The other 60 million doses are from AstraZeneca, yet to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

For doses shared through COVAX, the United States plans to prioritise Latin America and the Caribbean, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa, in coordination with the African Union, the White House said in its statement.

The remaining 25 percent of the doses will be used to support immediate needs and to help battle infection surges around the world, it said.

The White House unveiled the allocation for sharing a first 25 million doses with the world, part of its plans to share 80 million globally by the end of June.

The remaining six million will be directed by the White House to US allies and partners, including Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Korea, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen, as well as United Nations front-line workers. He added that Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand are facing serious difficulties with COVID-19.

The U.S. has announced it will start increasing how much of its stockpile of COVID-19 vaccine with the world through the global vaccine sharing initiative COVAX. This vaccine strategy is a vital component of our overall global strategy to lead the world in the fight to defeat COVID-19, including emergency public health assistance and aid to stop the spread and building global public health capacity and readiness to beat not just this pandemic, but the next one.

Another 60 million doses of AstraZeneca Plc's vaccine remains on USA shelves, despite Biden's repeated promises to export them.

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the U.S.

The U.S. has committed more than $4 billion to COVAX, but with vaccine supplies short - and wealthy nations locking up majority - the greater need than funding has been immediate access to actual doses, to overcome what health officials have long decried as unequal access to the vaccines. "The world is looking to the US for global leadership and more ambition is needed".

They discussed ongoing efforts to strengthen the health supply chain between the two countries, including in vaccine manufacturing, and the potential of the India-U.S. partnership as well as the Quad vaccine initiative in addressing the pandemic's long-term health impact, according to a readout from Modi's office. South and Central America and Africa will also receive bulk shipments. The United States has received requests for vaccines from countries all over the world.

Set the stage for increased global coverage. The U.S. has hundreds of millions more doses on order, both of authorized and in-development vaccines. We first made doses available to our closest neighbors - Canada and Mexico. Our dose sharing approach prioritizes Latin American and the Caribbean on a per capita basis.

He emphasized Biden's point that the not "extorting or asking concessions or imposing conditions", and included an apparent slight, "the way other countries who are providing doses are doing".

Meanwhile, approximately 6 million of stock vaccines will be sent directly to America's "regional priorities and partner recipients".

Pakistan and Bangladesh will get their shares from the seven million marked for distribution in South and Southeast Asia.

Some five million for Africa will be shared with countries that will be selected in coordination with the African Union.

The remaining six million of the initial 25 million-dose tranche will be directed to U.S. allies and partners, according to the White House, including Mexico, Canada, South Korea, the West Bank and Gaza, India, Ukraine, Kosovo, Egypt, Haiti, Georgia, Jordan, Iraq, and Yemen. It is only now that Pfizer and Moderna have begun to export vaccines produced in the United States to overseas customers.

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