The United States is set to donate 500 million COVID-19 vaccines to 92 lower and middle-income countries and the African Union over the next year.
According to the White House, the Pfizer vaccines will be delivered by June of next year, including 200 million to be delivered by the end of 2021. This is the largest-ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a single country and a commitment by the American people to help protect people around the world from COVID-19.
The surge in cases in India has been a major setback for COVAX and developing countries, thus it has appealed for rich nations to donate 250 million doses by the end of September and one billion doses by the end of the year. (Read: Govt Confirms Arrival of Pfizer Vaccines, Warns Against Fake Doses)
The US has faced mounting pressure from various sectors to outline its global vaccine sharing plan after reports of the surplus vaccines the country had. Inequities in supply around the world have become more pronounced since 64% of adult Americans have received at least one dose.
Last week, the White House said that the Biden administration plans to donate an initial allotment of 25 million doses of surplus vaccine overseas through the COVAX program— it will be distributed to South and Central America, Asia, Africa, and others. (Read: ‘Brazil Variant Can Reinfect COVID-19 Survivors’ – Experts)
Moreover, 80 million doses will be shared globally by the end of June. The nation’s excess will be kept in reserve for emergencies and that the US will share it directly with allies and partners.
G7 Countries Donation
Hours after Biden’s announcement, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain will give at least 100 million surplus vaccines to the poorest nations. (Read: Holy See Urges Easing of Existing Policies for COVID-19 Vaccines)
Johnson has already called on 67 leaders to commit to vaccinate the entire world by the end of 2022 and is expecting the group to pledge 1 billion doses during its three-day summit in the English seaside resort of Carbis Bay.
The donations will help the inoculation of the whole world by the end of next year.