US to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses globally

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 10, 2021

Biden will reportedly announce during a Group of Seven meeting in the United Kingdom this week that the USA will purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and designate them specifically for worldwide distribution over the next year.

The move by the US government could lead to 200 million BioNTech/Pfizer doses being sent worldwide this year, followed by another 300 million across the first half of2022, according to the individuals familiar with the plan. A person familiar with the details said the plan will involve distributing all the doses through the the vaccine initiative COVAX to 92 developing countries and the African Union. Sinopharm has been approved by the World Health Organisation.

GAVI did not respond to a request for comment.

It comes as US President Joe Biden said before leaving for the G7 summit in Cornwall that he would be announcing a vaccine strategy for the world. Biden's top Covid adviser, Jeff Zients, has been working on the deal for the last month, a person familiar said.

CNBC reported on Wednesday that the United States is also talking with Moderna Inc about buying some of its shots to donate to other countries.

Biden hinted at the announcement before boarding Air Force One bound for Britain to meet with leaders with the Group of 7 nations.

The United States itself has fully vaccinated more than half its entire population, and the infection rate has plummeted.

"We have had limited supply, and in recent weeks we've been using more vaccine than has been entering the country". These groups are more likely to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 due to their occupations.

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