Published: Thu, June 10, 2021
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USA to buy 500M Pfizer vaccines to share globally

USA to buy 500M Pfizer vaccines to share globally

The deal would see the USA paying the "not for profit" price for the doses, with the first 200 million to ship this year and the remaining 300 million the next year.

The US has purchased and will donate 500 million doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine worldwide as it seeks to be a key player in getting other nations vaccinated, a person familiar with the move told CNN.

White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt, who is stepping down Wednesday from his role, tweeted that it was "HUGE NEWS" before deleting the link.

The U.S. has faced mounting pressure to outline its global vaccine sharing plan.

Overall, the White House has announced plans to share 80 million doses globally by the end of June, most through Covax.

"These deliveries will include, for the first time, doses from Moderna's USA supply chain".

The White House has also directed doses to allies including South Korea, Taiwan and Ukraine.

More Saskatchewan residents will be eligible to get a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. "This action sends an incredibly powerful message about America's commitment to helping the world fight this pandemic and the huge power of U.S. global leadership".

"Charity is not going to win the war against the coronavirus", said Niko Lusiani, Oxfam America's vaccine lead.

People who received a first dose of the Astrazeneca-Oxford vaccine can receive the same brand again, or switch to Pfizer or Moderna unless they are contraindicated. Sinopharm has been approved by the World Health Organisation. These groups are more likely to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 due to their occupations.

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