That is the largest-ever buy and donation of vaccines by a single nation and a dedication by the American folks to assist defend folks all over the world from COVID-19, the White Home stated forward of the announcement by Biden on the G-7 Summit within the UK.
Biden has arrived within the UK on his maiden official abroad journey to Europe.
“Biden may also name on the world’s democracies to do their components in contributing to the worldwide provide of secure and efficient vaccines. The aim of right this moment’s donation is to save lots of lives and finish the pandemic and can present the muse for extra actions to be introduced within the coming days,” the White Home stated.
The vaccines will begin transport in August 2021.
A complete of 200 million doses will likely be delivered by the top of this 12 months and the remaining 300 million will likely be delivered within the first half of 2022.
The US will allocate these doses to low- and lower-middle-income nations all over the world, working by means of COVAX to ship them, the White Home stated.
COVAX is a worldwide initiative aimed toward equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Improvements, and the World Well being Group.
The historic announcement by Biden comes on the heels of his donation of a minimum of 80 million vaccines from the USA’ provide by the top of June.
Moreover, the USA has contributed USD two billion to COVAX, greater than another nation—and is supporting native manufacturing capability overseas for secure and efficient COVID-19 vaccines, together with by means of the Quad initiative, stated the White Home.
“Biden has been clear that borders can’t hold this pandemic at bay and has vowed that our nation would be the arsenal of vaccines. The historic step the President will announce right this moment, subsequently, protects the well being of the American folks and the folks all through the world who will profit from these life-saving vaccines,” it stated.
The White Home stated the announcement will present mRNA vaccines which have confirmed to be extremely efficient in opposition to COVID-19, together with in opposition to all identified variants.
Tens of hundreds of thousands of Individuals have benefited from these secure and efficient vaccines and this historic donation will deliver the life-saving advantages these vaccines present to among the most weak populations all over the world.
Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal welcomed the announcement.
“I applaud President Biden’s momentous choice to offer 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to dozens of countries in want — together with India, Brazil, and different locations the place COVID-19 is surging,” she stated in a press release.
“By doing so, we’re not solely taking a important step in unleashing the sources essential to defeat this lethal virus overseas, however we’re defending folks at residence whereas restoring our place as a world chief and worldwide accomplice.
“On the coronary heart of right this moment’s announcement is a robust recognition that whether or not you reside in America or all over the world, your future is intertwined with mine — that we’re all higher off after we are all higher off,” the Democratic lawmaker stated.