United States President Joe Biden announced a donation of 500 million Doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to the world’s poorest countries to help speed up the end of the pandemic, “without restrictions”.
Biden, keen to polish his multilateral credentials on his first foreign trip as a leader, considered the donation a bold move that showed the United States recognizes its responsibility to the world and its citizens.
The United States provides half a billion doses without restrictions. Biden said, speaking alongside Pfizer CEO Albert Burla at the English resort of Carbis Bay before G7 summit.
“Our vaccine donations do not include lobbying for potential favors or concessions. We are doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic, and that is it.”
The US commitment is to purchase and donate 500 million doses from Pfizer for worldwide distribution COVAX A coalition of 92 low-income countries and the African Union.
Biden has faced increasing pressure to outline his global plan for vaccine sharing, especially خاصة inequality in supply The demand for shots in the US is becoming more and more apparent around the world fell sharply In recent weeks.
“It is our very strong view that, given the lack of coverage around the world, it is critical that we take a big step like this to get more vaccines into the system as quickly as possible,” said Gail Smith, global COVID coordinator for US state. Department.
“These vaccines will become available from August, even with the payment of 80 million doses that have already been announced,” she said during a press conference Thursday.
Officials said the goal is to distribute 200 million doses by the end of the year. The remaining 300 million doses will be shipped in the first half of 2022.
COVAX has so far distributed only 81 million doses, and parts of the world, particularly in Africa, have not received any shipments yet.
Several countries in Central and South America, where cases of COVID-19 have been rise againThey have not made any significant progress in their vaccination campaigns.
Last week, Biden announced a plan to participate 25 million “surplus” Vaccine doses. The White House said most of the doses will go to COVAX, while about six million doses will go directly to countries.
After leading the world in new cases and deaths for most of the past year, the United States’ rapid vaccination program now places it among the leaders of a global recovery.
Almost 64 percent of US adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and the average number of new positive cases and deaths in the US is now lower than at any time since the early days of the pandemic.
The anti-poverty group Oxfam welcomed the announcement and called for more efforts to increase global production of vaccines.
“Sure, 500 million doses of vaccines are welcome because they will help more than 250 million people, but that is still a drop in the bucket compared to the need worldwide,” said Nico Luciani, Oxfam America’s head of vaccine.
“We need a shift toward more distributed vaccine manufacturing so that qualified producers around the world can produce billions of low-cost doses on their own terms, without intellectual property restrictions,” Luciani said in a statement.
Another obstacle, especially in some poor countries, is the infrastructure for transporting vaccines, which often have to be stored in frigid temperatures.