Earlier this month also, the United States government had announced vaccine support to Nepal among other countries.
The distribution formula closely followed the one that the White House announced earlier this month for the first 25 million doses in the president's pledge.
The Biden administration on Monday announced a list of countries that will receive the remaining 55 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that the US has pledged to allocate by the end of this month.More news: UK, Australia agree post-Brexit trade deal
"We have plenty of doses to share with the world, but this is a Herculean logistical challenge", she told reporters, noting safety and regulatory information had to be shared, proper storage temperatures for the vaccines had to be ensured, and language barriers at times had to be overcome.
The delay has been due in part to a stockpile of 60 million AstraZeneca doses that he'd planned to donate, and that were meant to make up the bulk of the 80 million and begin shipping in May. AstraZeneca's vaccine has not been approved by federal regulators, CNN reported.
"For all of these doses, those most at risk, such as health care workers, should be prioritized, based on national vaccine plans", the White House said. To that end, ahead of the G7, Biden announced that the U.S. will purchase half a billion Pfizer doses and donate them to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries and members of the African Union.
Approximately 41 million of the 55 million doses will be shared through COVAX, with 14 million for Latin American and Caribbean countries, 16 million for Asia, 10 million for Africa.More news: Vietnam to receive a million Covid vaccine doses by July
Three-fourths of the 55 million doses will go to Covax, an worldwide vaccine sharing initiative that helps less wealthy nations.
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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.
The White House in a statement said around 14 million doses will be allocated to dozens of friends and allies including the Philippines, while 16 million shots will be split in Asia through the COVAX global vaccine-sharing initiative.More news: Single-dose of Covid-19 vaccine sufficient for already infected people