Biden outlines a multinational vaccination sharing initiative for Covid-19.
President Joe Biden announced that the US will donate 75% of its unsold Covid-19 vaccinations to the UN-backed Covax global vaccination sharing program.
The White House announced the allotment for the first 25 million doses to be shared with the rest of the world.
By the end of June, the United States aims to provide 80 million vaccination doses worldwide.
According to the administration, 25% would be maintained in reserve for crises and would be shared directly with US friends and partners.
The United States is committed to instilling in worldwide immunization efforts the same sense of urgency that we have displayed at home.
“The American people will remain susceptible as long as this pandemic rages anyplace in the world,” Mr Biden added.
“And the United States is determined to instilling in worldwide vaccination efforts the same sense of urgency that we have displayed at home.”
The White House estimates that about 19 million of the first 25 million doses will go to Covax, with the remaining six million going to South and Central America, seven million to Asia, and five million to Africa.
The doses provide a significant – and immediate – boost to the faltering Covax initiative, which has only distributed 76 million pills to needy countries to yet.
The US “will retain the say in terms of where” the dosages given through Covax end up, according to national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
“We are not attempting to extract concessions, we are not extorting, we are not putting conditions in the manner in which other countries supplying dosages do; we are not doing any of those things,” Mr Sullivan stated.
“These are dosages that are being delivered to these countries, free and clear, for the sole purpose of enhancing public health and assisting in the conclusion of the pandemic.”
The other six million dollars will be directed by the White House to US allies and partners such as Mexico, Canada, and the Republic of Korea, as well as UN frontline workers in the West Bank and Gaza, India, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Yemen.
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