USA announces destinations for 55 million more COVID vaccine doses

USA announces destinations for 55 million more COVID vaccine doses

USA announces destinations for 55 million more COVID vaccine doses

"The Biden administration's plan for sharing more COVID-19 vaccine doses globally will help end the pandemic faster and save lives", said Tom Hart, acting CEO of "The One" campaign to eradicate poverty and preventable disease.

Of the 55 million remaining doses, some 41 million will be shared through COVAX, the White House said, with approximately 14 million going to Latin America and the Caribbean, some 16 million to Asia, and roughly 10 million to Africa. As recently as two weeks ago, the administration said it expected AstraZeneca to account for the remaining 55 million donated doses this month. Of the 4.10 crore to be shared through COVAX, 1.40 crore will go to Latin America and the Caribbean nations and 1.60 crore to Asia.

The White House outlined a plan on Monday to allocate 55 million doses of coronavirus vaccine around the world, the remainder of 80 million doses that President Biden pledged to send by the end of June to countries desperate for vaccine.

For these 8 crore doses, the U.S. will share 75 per cent through COVAX and 25 per cent will be targeted to help deal with surges around the world.

Biden initially announced he'd donate 60 million AstraZeneca doses, and then added 20 million doses of vaccines that have been authorised for United States use - a mix of shots from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

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.

When asked about global need for vaccines on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: "What we have found to be the biggest challenge is not actually the supply, we have plenty of doses to share with the world, but this is a Herculean logistical challenge".

The Biden-Harris administration will not use its vaccines to secure favours from other countries, it asserted.

Uganda, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Trinidad and Tobago are just some of the countries that have reported running out of vaccines in recent days.

According to the White House, 14 million doses would be shared alongside "regional priorities", including Colombia, Argentina, Iraq, Ukraine, the West Bank and Gaza.

The vaccines, the number yet to be confirmed, are said to arrive within June through the World Health Organization's Covax. But with many countries unable to vaccinate even a tiny percentage of their populations, global health officials are pressing the United States to move as quickly as possible to share its vaccine supply.

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