Washington: President Joe Biden plans to announce on Thursday that the US will buy and donate half a billion (50 crore) doses of Pfizer vaccines to 92 low- and low-income countries and the African Union in a historic action that will help the global fight against the pandemic, according to the White House.
It is the largest acquisition and donation of vaccines by one country and a commitment by the American people to protect people around the world from COVID-19, the White House said before the announcement by Biden during the G-7 summit in the United Kingdom.
Biden arrived in the UK on his first official overseas trip to Europe.
“Biden will also call on the world’s democracies to make their contribution to the worldwide supply of safe and effective vaccines. The purpose of today’s donation is to save lives and end the pandemic. “This will provide the basis for additional actions to be announced in the coming days,” the White House said.
The vaccines will start in August 2021. A total of 200 million doses will be delivered by the end of this year and the remaining 300 million will be delivered in the first half of 2022.
The US will allocate these doses to low- and low-income countries around the world and work through COVAX to deliver them, the White House said.
COVAX is a global initiative aimed at providing equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.
The historic announcement by Biden comes on the heels of its donation of at least 80 million vaccines from the United States’ supply by the end of June.
In addition, the United States has contributed more than any other country $ 2 billion to COVAX – and supports local production capacity abroad for safe and efficient COVID-19 vaccines, including through the Quad initiative, the White House said.
“Biden was clear that borders could not stop this pandemic and promised that our country would be the arsenal of vaccines. “The historic step that the president will announce today therefore protects the health of the American people and the people around the world who will benefit from these life-saving vaccines,” he said.
The White House said the announcement would provide mRNA vaccines that are very effective COVID-19, including against all known variants.
Tens of millions of Americans have benefited from these safe and effective vaccines, and this historic donation will bring the life-saving benefits that these vaccines offer to some of the most vulnerable populations around the world.
Indian-American Congressman Pramila Jayapal welcomed the announcement.
‘I applaud President Biden’s important decision to supply 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to dozens of countries in need – including India, Brazil and elsewhere COVID-19 is rising, ”she said in a statement.
“By doing so, we are not only taking a critical step to unlock the necessary resources to defeat this deadly virus abroad, but we are protecting people at home while restoring our place as a world leader and international partner.
“At the heart of today’s announcement is a strong recognition that whether you live in America or around the world, your future is intertwined with mine – that we are all better off if we are all better off,” he said. Democratic lawmaker said.
Source: Telangana Today