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Summit secures $2.4 bil for COVID shots for poor countries

39;Get a shot and have a beer': Biden woos Americans with incentives for vaccine US to give 80 mln vaccine doses to priority nations, 75% via Covax
Sandy Nunez | 05 June, 2021, 15:55

President Joe Biden declared on Thursday that the United States will soon release some 25 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine that the nation has in its stockpile, offering them to countries around the world that are in dire need as part of an overall donation of 80 million doses.

"We are seeing great commitment, the challenge is bringing those commitments forward so that June, July, August we get vaccines into folks", Bruce Aylward told a United Nations press briefing, referring to a U.S. plan to quickly share 25 million doses. This is part of the 80 million, or 8 crore, doses that US President Joe Biden has promised to share with the rest of the world.

The Associated Press reports that scores of nations have requested doses from the United States - but so far only Canada and Mexico have received any directly from the U.S. - with both nations sharing a total of 4.5 million doses.

The White House says the initial 25 million doses announced Thursday will be shipped from existing federal stockpiles of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The DPA ratings give US producers priority access to supplies and equipment needed to manufacture the vaccines that are in short supply around the world.

"We're not seeking to extract concessions", Sullivan told reporters via videoconference. To date, Mexico and Canada have received a combined 4.5 million doses, with the USA loaning Canada 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford doses in March.

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"As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable", Biden said in a statement.

So without compromising their own domestic vaccination efforts, these countries can be part of the effort to accelerate global vaccine access by sharing the excess doses. "And I think that as we continue to see vaccine production increase in the months to come, that we'll be going to see in every increasing stronger momentum of vaccine delivery from the USA to countries all around the world, and certainly the Philippines is going to be an important part of that", Law said. Just like in the United States, we will move as expeditiously as possible, while abiding by USA and host country regulatory and legal requirements, to facilitate the safe and secure transport of vaccines across worldwide borders. "We're not extorting. We're not imposing conditions, the way that other countries who are providing doses are doing". But Canada and the United Kingdom are the only two G7 countries which bought doses from COVAX as well as donated money to buy doses for lower income nations. The leader of Mexico, Manuel Lopez Obrador, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Indian President Narendra Modi and PM Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago have been informed by Harris that their nations will be recipients of the vaccines soon.

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 Indian Ambassador to the United States also added that USA has also announced the removal of the Defense Production Act, which means no more priority supply will now be required. The U.S. has also announced plans to share enough shots with South Korea to vaccinate its 550,000 troops who serve alongside American service members on the peninsula. This will maximize the number of vaccines available equitably for the greatest number of countries and for those most at-risk within countries.

However, Tom Hart the acting CEO of The ONE Campaign, said that while Thursday's announcement was a "welcome step, the Biden administration needs to commit to sharing more doses". More doses are expected to be made available to share in the months ahead. The U.S. has hundreds of millions more doses on order, both of authorized and in-development vaccines.

Biden has said he will not use USA vaccines as a diplomatic tool, after accusing China and Russian Federation of leveraging doses of their vaccines for foreign policy gains.