Biden says U.S. will share vaccines with vulnerable countries, including to S

Eloise Marshall
June 5, 2021

The remaining 25 percent of the doses will be used to support immediate needs and to help battle infection surges around the world, it said.

Detailing its plans to share a first tranche of 25 million doses, the White House said almost 19 million of these will be shared through COVAX, out of which seven million will be delivered to the following Asian countries and entities: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, and the Pacific Islands. "And I think that as we continue to see vaccine production increase in the months to come, that we'll be going to see in every increasing stronger momentum of vaccine delivery from the United States to countries all around the world, and certainly the Philippines is going to be an important part of that", Law said.

"At least 75% of these doses - almost 19 million [1.9 core] - will be shared through COVAX, including approximately 6 million [60 lakh] doses for Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 7 million [70 lakh] for South and Southeast Asia, and approximately 5 million [50 lakh] for Africa, working in coordination with the African Union and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention".

Biden pledged in April to send 60 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses overseas and doubled down the following month by announcing plans to share at least an additional 20 million US -authorized shots.

"It's vaccines, not money at this point in the pandemic that are required globally", said Murthy.

For Southeast Asian countries, it is a "symbolically important" first step, but the dose shipments are a "drop in the bucket" compared to what is needed in the region, said Alex Feldman, head of the U.S. -ASEAN Business Council, a lobbying group. But Canada and the United Kingdom are the only two G7 countries which bought doses from COVAX as well as donated money to buy doses for lower income nations. I continue to urge the administration to ramp up its global vaccine distribution with a plan that considers urgent need and regional priorities and I look forward to the next batch being allocated quickly, Senator Mitt Romney said Thursday. "We also discussed ongoing efforts to further strengthen India-US vaccine cooperation, and the potential of our partnership to contribute to post-Covid global health and economic recovery".

Scores of countries have requested doses from the United States, but to date only Mexico and Canada have received a combined 4.5 million doses.

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Set the stage for increased global coverage.

Prepare for surges and prioritize healthcare workers and other vulnerable populations based on public health data and acknowledged best practice. The United States will not use its vaccines to secure favors from other countries. "In the days to come, as we draw on the experience of distributing the vaccine doses announced today, we will have more details to provide about how future doses will be shared".

Help countries in need and our neighbors. Even more doses are expected to be made available to share in the months ahead.

Approximately 6 million for South and Central America to the following countries: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, as well as the Dominican Republic.

Approximately 7 million for Asia to the following countries and entities: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, and the Pacific Islands.

Some five million for Africa will be shared with countries that will be selected in coordination with the African Union.

The administration was committed to bringing the same urgency to worldwide vaccination efforts that it demonstrated at home, he added.

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