White House Announces Global COVID-19 Vaccine Sharing Plan | Coronavirus Pandemic News
The administration of US President Joe Biden announced plans to share 25 million doses of unused COVID-19 vaccine stocks with the world.
The White House said on Thursday that 75% of the dose will be used for UN-supported Kovacs The rest of the global vaccine sharing plan will be provided directly to allies and partners.
“As long as this epidemic rages anywhere in the world, the American people will remain vulnerable,” Biden said in a statement. statement“And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency that we demonstrated at home to international vaccination efforts.”
The White House stated that of the 25 million doses of vaccine, about 19 million doses will be used for COVAX, of which about 6 million doses will be used in Latin America and the Caribbean, 7 million doses will be used in Asia, and 5 million doses will be used in Africa. These doses represent a major and direct boost to the lagging COVAX effort, which has so far only shared 76 million doses with countries in need.
The remaining 25% will be reserved for emergency use and shared directly by the United States with allies and partners.
The White House said it will provide 6 million doses of vaccine to Mexico, Canada, South Korea, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen, and the United Nations frontline. worker.
Biden said in a statement that the United States will share the vaccine and does not expect political favors.
Biden said: “We are not sharing these doses to gain benefits or to fight for concessions.” “We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and lead the world to end the pandemic with our example power and our values.”
In recent months, the growing stock of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States has been seen as a stark example of its global privileges.When the Vaccine Sharing Plan came out, the demand for vaccines in the United States had dropped significantly, because more than 63% of adults received at least one dose of the vaccine— Global inequality Become more prominent on the supply side.
Americans over 12 years old are eligible for the vaccine.On Wednesday, Biden announced A movement By July 4, the Independence Day of the United States, 70% of Americans will be vaccinated.
Many countries require the United States to provide dosages, but so far, only Mexico and Canada A total of 4.5 million doses were received. The United States also announced plans to share enough vaccines with South Korea to vaccinate its 550,000 soldiers serving with American soldiers on the peninsula.
The U.S. earlier stated that it planned to share 80 million vaccines Global dose by the end of June.
Biden has pledged to provide all 60 million doses of domestically produced AstraZeneca vaccines to other countries. The vaccine has not yet been approved for use in the United States, but it has been widely approved worldwide. The dose produced in the United States will be shipped immediately after passing the Food and Drug Administration’s safety review.
The President also pledged to share the 20 million doses of vaccine currently in production from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. It is expected that more doses will be provided for sharing in the coming months.
On Thursday, the White House also announced that it would lift restrictions on sharing vaccines produced by AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Novax. These vaccines are also not authorized in the United States, allowing these companies to decide where to share vaccines.