The U.S. will donate 75% of its unused COVID-19 vaccines to the United Nations -backed COVAX global vaccine sharing program, President Joe Biden announced Thursday as more Americans have been vaccinated and global inequities have become more glaring.
The dose shipments are the first of some 80 million COVID-19 vaccines that Biden has pledged to provide internationally this month as concern grows about the huge disparity in vaccination rates between advanced economies and developing countries. But Biden promised the United States would become a supplier and send overseas at least 20 million doses of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, on top of some 60 million AstraZeneca Plc doses he had already planned to donate.
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.
The brand of vaccines was not divulged by the White House. The gap between USA doses delivered and actually administered has risen to 70 million - much of which are in various stages of distribution.
"We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions". Today, the Administration announced its framework for sharing these 80 million USA vaccine doses worldwide.More news: China Allows Couples To Have Three Children
"America will never be fully safe while this pandemic is raging globally".
At Thursday's COVID-19 briefing following the announcement, Zients said, "As the days get brighter and brighter at home, we're focused on driving progress to help the pandemic - help end the pandemic around the globe".
To do that, the administration will pursue several additional measures beyond their robust funding for Covax: Donating from the U.S. vaccine supply to the world and encouraging other nations to do the same, working with U.S. manufacturers to increase vaccine production for the rest of the world, and help more countries expand their own capacity to produce vaccines, including through support for global supply chains.
The administration was committed to bringing the same urgency to worldwide vaccination efforts that it demonstrated at home, he added. "We are setting up for failure if we don't get early doses".
The country will share 75% of these vaccines through Covax. That vaccine has yet to be authorized for use in the US but is widely approved around the world.More news: FM Qureshi lauds launch of open-ended United Nations probe into Palestine violence
Vice President Kamala Harris informed some USA partners they will begin receiving doses, in separate calls with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago.
The remaining doses, amounting to just over 6 million, would go directly from the United States to countries including Canada, Mexico, India and South Korea, he said.
The White House will base donation decisions on "factors included achieving global coverage, responding to crises ... and helping as many countries as possible", Sullivan said, adding the United States intends to prioritize its neighbors, including Canada, Mexico and countries in Central and South America. The U.S. also has announced plans to share enough shots with South Korea to vaccinate its 550,000 troops who serve alongside American service members on the peninsula.
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.
About 10 nations have offered up to 181.5 million doses by the end of the year, including the 19 million the USA will ship in June. More doses are expected to be made available to share in the months ahead. That shot has not been authorized for US use and is still under review by the Food and Drug Administration. PM Modi thanked VP Harris for assurance of vaccine supply to India. It has also sold many more: 732 million doses in all, including nearly 291 million to the Asia-Pacific and slightly more than 281 million to Latin America.More news: Two Dead, over 20 Injured, After 3 Gunmen Open Fire in Florida