USA directs millions of COVID-19 shots to Latin America, Africa, Asia

Laverne Higgins
June 22, 2021

"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.

Mr. Biden has a week and a half to meet his deadline, a task made more hard as the administration tries to change which manufacturers' vaccines would be included in the 55 million portion.

Of the 55 million (5.50 crore) vaccine doses announced on Monday as the second tranche, 16 million (1.60 crore) has been allocated for 18 Asian nations such as India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bhutan. To that end, ahead of the G7, President Biden announced that the United States will purchase half-a-billion Pfizer doses and donate them to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and members of the African Union. The report added that 75% of the doses would be allocated to Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the COVAX programme. The president sketched out his priorities for the first 25 million doses from that pledge earlier this month.

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.

The White House said it is still working through a variety of logistical and regulatory issues involved in shipping vaccine overseas, like safely transporting the doses and, at times, having to send related supplies, like syringes and alcohol pads, along with them.

The Biden-Harris administration will not use its vaccines to secure favours from other countries, it asserted. Production problems at an Emergent BioSolutions factory in Baltimore have forced the administration to revise its initial plan to rely heavily on AstraZeneca's vaccine for that donation.

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

Other recipients will include Ukraine, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Iraq and the West Bank.

"We have announced today where these doses are going".

Global partners are eager to get USA help.

The White House said it wanted the doses to be prioritized for health care workers and those who are most at risk.

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