Published: Tue, June 22, 2021
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US announces plans to allocate 55 million doses to be shared globally

US announces plans to allocate 55 million doses to be shared globally

The plan fulfills President Joe Biden's commitment to share 80 million US -made vaccines with countries around the world. As recently as two weeks ago, the administration said it expected AstraZeneca to account for the remaining 55 million donated doses this month.

Biden's White House on Monday announced a list of countries that would receive 55 million doses, after previously detailing the first tranche of 25 million. It only gave estimates for regions in general.

"As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world".

Mr. Biden has a week and a half to meet his deadline, a task made more hard as the administration tries to change which manufacturers' vaccines would be included in the 55 million portion.

"We have plenty of doses to share with the world, but this is a Herculean logistical challenge". "We will move as expeditiously as possible, while abiding by United States and host country regulatory and legal requirements, to facilitate the safe and secure transport of vaccines across global borders", a White House statement said. Of those, 14 million will go to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean; 16 million will be distributed to nations across Asia; and 10 million will be sent to countries in Africa. The doses will consist of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines.

Uganda, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Trinidad and Tobago are just some of the countries that have reported running out of vaccines in recent days.

Among the Asian countries include India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bhutan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Cambodia, and the Pacific Islands. Another 100,000 crore jabs will be shared with African nations.

The other 25%, or roughly 14 million doses, will be shared with "regional priorities", including Colombia, Argentina, Iraq, Ukraine, the West Bank and Gaza.

The state of play: The White House had previously named the recipients of the first 25 million of the 80 million doses that the USA has pledged to export, as it took its first step toward becoming a global vaccine supplier.

The announcement, however, dials back the initial USA commitment.

While the exact allocation for India has not been spelt out yet, the country is likely to get not more than 1 million or 2 million doses in the second tranche of the 55 million doses, according to initial estimates.

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