The White House announced that, in addition to the earlier promise that the United States will share 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine with other countries this month, it will also purchase another 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine in the coming year and provide it to nearly a hundred poorer countries for free. country. This is the largest vaccine donation plan announced by a single country so far, aiming to strengthen the global fight against the epidemic.
The White House issued a statement on Thursday (June 10): “The purpose of this donation today is to save lives and end the COVID-19 pandemic. This will also lay the foundation for further actions to be announced in the next few days.”
The statement said that US President Biden, who attended the G7 summit in the UK this week, also called on other democracies to take action to provide the world with a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine.
G7 plans to provide an additional 1 billion doses of vaccine
According to Bloomberg News quoted the draft summit communiqué report, the leaders of the Group of Seven countries intend to promise at the meeting that they will provide at least 1 billion additional doses of coronavirus vaccine in the next year to ensure that 80% of the global adult population can be vaccinated.
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have confirmed that they have received the latest order from the United States. These vaccines will be produced at Pfizer’s US plant and supplied at cost; 200 million doses will be delivered this year and 300 million doses will be delivered in the first half of next year. The United States will distribute vaccines to the 92 lowest-income countries and member states of the African Union through the Global Coronary Disease Vaccine Access System (COVAX).
In addition to donating vaccines, the United States is also assisting other countries to increase vaccine production. The White House said: “President Biden has made it clear that borders cannot stop this pandemic and promised to make our country a vaccine bank.”
In addition, according to the US Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), the US government intends to buy more vaccines from Modena, another COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer, to donate to other countries, and the two sides are negotiating. However, a spokesperson for Modena declined to comment on the inquiry involved in the consultation, only expressing his intention to supply the United States with vaccines for donations to low- and middle-income countries.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which includes 35 members of the Americas, pointed out on Wednesday that although the United States, Canada and Spain have pledged to donate vaccines and funds to countries in the region, they are not enough. The organization warned that if the coronavirus continues to spread at the current rate, it may take several years for the epidemic in the American countries to be brought under control.
Last week, there were nearly 1.2 million new confirmed cases and 34,000 deaths in the Americas. Four of the five countries with the highest number of deaths in the world are in the Americas, but only 10% of the population in Latin America and the Caribbean have completed the vaccination, and Haiti has not even started the vaccination program.
Pan American Health Organization Director Etienne said: “We hope that other countries, especially countries with excess doses, and financial institutions, can also provide us with the support we need. It is vital to get vaccine donations in the short term.”