US President Joe Biden confirmed that his country is buying half a billion doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine against the Corona virus, to donate to nearly 100 poor countries that need it most.
He said it would intensify the fight against the epidemic and that the G7 member states would announce similar steps at their summit on Friday.
Biden made it clear that there are no conditions attached to the US offer.
He considered this to be “the largest single purchase and donation of vaccines ever”.
what The United States promised?
It agreed to buy the doses from Pfizer at a “not-for-profit” price.
Biden said the vaccines “will begin shipping in August” to “nearly 100 middle- and low-income countries.”
According to the US plan, 200 million doses will be distributed by the end of this year, and then another 300 million by June 2022.
It will be made available to countries through the Cofax mechanism, a program run by the African Union, which aims to vaccinate 20% of the most vulnerable in countries that will receive the donated vaccine.
The United States has already pledged 80 million doses to countries around the world.
And the recent donation to the United States is much larger than what other countries have pledged so far.
The director of the World Health Organization’s Africa division, Dr Machidiso Moeti, says the US donation is a “huge step forward”.
Some other G7 countries have started to donate additional doses. Besides the United States, there are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain.
At a summit in early June, hosted by the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunization (Gavi), it was announced that to date, more than 132 million doses had been shared by various countries.
This included more than 54 million doses available for short-term supply with a donation from Belgium, Denmark and Japan, as well as other supplies from Spain and Sweden.
More doses are expected to be pledged at the G7 summit.