The president of U.S Joe Biden has summarized how the U.S is planning on sharing 80 million vaccines with other countries, with the first 25 million doses to be distributed in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.
Last moth, the Biden administration stated their initial intention was to distribute the 80 million vaccines that were U.S approved by the end of June, however, it did not mention which are the countries or continents that will benefit from this.
”As the United States continues our efforts to get every eligible American vaccinated and fight Covid-19 here at home, we also recognize that ending this pandemic means ending it everywhere,” stated Biden on Thursday.
Furthermore he added that ”As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable. And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that have demonstrated at home.”
Of the 25 million doses of vaccines that are to be distributed, Biden specified how the 19 million ones are going to be shared via Covax – the international vaccine-sharing initiative, with around 7 million doses being sent to Latin America and the Caribbean, another 7 million to the south and south-east Asia, and roughly around 5 million to be sent to Africa.
The remaining 6 million doses would be sent to the U.S allies such as Canada, Mexico, South Korea, India, Kosovo, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Egypt, Haiti, Jordan, Georgia, Yemen and Iraq, and some of them will also be sent to the United Nations frontline employers.
The vaccine sharing plan has started after the request for vaccines in the U.S has decreased a lot, with over 63% of adults who have taken at least one dose of vaccine.
According to the White House, the first 25 million doses will be stockpiles of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Additionally, even more doses are estimated to become available in the upcoming months.