President Joe Biden (right) unveiled his plan to distribute 80million coronavirus vaccines globally by the end of June (Pictures: Reuters)
President Joe Biden has detailed his plan to distribute the first 25million of 80million coronavirus vaccine doses globally, including which regions the supply will go to. The announcement showcases steps his administration is taking to meet its promise of sharing the massive amount of doses by the end of June.
In a statement on Thursday, Biden explained how the administration will allocate 25million doses ‘to lay the ground for increased global coverage and to address real and potential surges, high burdens of disease, and the needs of the most vulnerable countries’.
At least 75% of the doses, close to 19million, will be shared through COVAX, a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to vaccines. That includes about 7million doses for South and Southeast Asia, about 6million for Latin America and the Caribbean and about 5million for Africa.
The roughly 6million doses remaining ‘will be shared directly with countries experiencing surges, those in crisis, and other partners and neighbors, including Canada, Mexico, India, and the Republic of Korea,’ the statement reads.
‘We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions,’ Biden stated. ‘We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values.’
The US has already shared more than 4million doses with Canada and Mexico. The Biden administration has provided $4billion to support COVAX and temporarily waived intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines to boost production globally. On top of the AstraZeneca jab that was not approved for use in the US, Biden is sending 20million of the three that are approved – Pfizer, Modern and Johnson & Johnson.
‘As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable,’ Biden stated. ‘And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home.’
Biden said that his administration will draw on the process of distributing the first 25million doses before providing details on how the rest of the doses will be shared.
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