USA to buy 500 million Pfizer vaccines to share globally

Carrie Guzman
June 10, 2021

If you got either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for your first dose, you may not receive the same brand for your second dose.

Galvez emphasized that donated vaccines through the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility will be mainly allocated to priority groups, namely health workers, senior citizens, people with comorbidity, and indigent population.

GAVI did not respond to a request for comment.

President Joe Biden will announce the news at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, this week, the person said. Biden's top Covid adviser, Jeff Zients, has been working on the deal for the last month, a person familiar said.

The White House has also directed doses to allies including South Korea, Taiwan and Ukraine. BioNTech/Pfizer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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The White House has been under mounting pressure to boost donations of COVID-19 shots to other countries. Inequities in supply around the world have become more pronounced, and the demand for shots in the US - where almost 64% of adults have received at least one dose - has dropped precipitously.

Sullivan said Wednesday that he does not expect the US push to waive the patents on vaccines to cause tension with European counterparts.

Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday it will start a large study to test its COVID-19 vaccine in children below 12 and selected a dosing regime for the trial.

The US would pay for the doses at a "not-for-profit" price, according to the New York Times, which said the plan could be officially announced on Thursday.

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