Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

US Outlines Plan to Send 55 Million Covid Vaccine Doses Overseas

US announces plans to allocate 55 million doses to be shared globally China vaccine doses to ASEAN top 120 million, 4.8 times UN program
Gustavo Carr | 22 June, 2021, 17:20

The White House also said that in addition to sharing doses from its own vaccine supply, the USA is committed to working with American manufacturers to produce more vaccines to share with the world.

The White House also said, "In addition, the U.S.is committed to expanding local production of vaccines, and through our Quad partnership and the International Development Finance Corporation's support for vaccine manufacturing, more than 1 billion doses will be produced in Africa and India in 2021 and 2022".

To address this, he said his government was working with Covax to create a regional hub to produce more vaccines in South Africa.

The donation will complete Washington's initial pledge of 80 million doses from its own vaccine supply, made ahead of a vow to buy 500 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine for low- and middle-income nations.

Islamabad has received about 100,000 Pfizer-BioNTech shots through the Covax initiative for equitable vaccine distribution, but it has otherwise relied largely on Chinese brands like Sinopharm and Sinovac. AstraZeneca's vaccine has not been approved by federal regulators, CNN reported.

"If we look at what we're hearing from countries on a day-to-day basis, well over half of countries have run out of stock and are calling for additional vaccine".

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The United States Government on Monday announced plans to share 55 million U.S. COVID-19 vaccine doses globally, with Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and others through a vaccine sharing programme.

The United States has come under pressure to share more of its vaccine supply with countries that are still struggling with the deadly virus and its variants.

The remaining 14 million will be shipped bilaterally, including to some of the same countries.

The big picture: President Biden and G7 leaders have pledged to send 1 billion doses to the developing world, including 500 million from the USA alone.

"The specific vaccines and amounts will be determined and shared as the administration works through the logistical, regulatory and other parameters particular to each region and country".

"Our goals are to increase global COVID-19 vaccination coverage, prepare for surges and prioritise healthcare workers and other vulnerable populations based on public health data and acknowledged best practice, and help our neighbours and other countries in need", the White House said.