Saturday, November 27, 2021

US Celebrates 200 Million COVID-19 Images Shared With World

WASHINGTON (NWN) – The US donated its 200 millionth COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday to vaccinate the rest of the world, the White House said. The Biden administration is looking to spearhead a global vaccination campaign, even as it rolls out home-use boosters that critics say are distracting doses from those who need it most around the world.

The transferred doses include more than 120 million surplus from US injection stockpiles, as well as an initial supply of 1 billion doses that the Biden administration acquired from Pfizer to transfer overseas by September 2022. More than 100 countries and territories have received US doses, and the United States remains the largest vaccine donor in the world.

“These 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have helped bring health and hope to millions of people, but our work is far from complete,” said US Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power. “To end the pandemic and prevent new variants and future outbreaks from emerging within our country’s borders, we must continue to do our part to vaccinate the entire world.”

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While relief groups praised the US for leading the world in vaccine donations, they criticized the US for approving booster doses for use in the country, while many people in low-income countries have no protection at all. The FDA has approved booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Wednesday, after Pfizer’s third shot was authorized last month

“The reality is that the more rich countries use booster vaccines, the further we will be from ending the pandemic,” said Tom Hart, acting CEO of One Campaign. “While some argue that we can administer boosters and vaccinate the entire world at the same time, the simple fact is that boosters divert supplies from the urgent area they need — the first vaccinations around the world.”

While half the planet is vaccinated, there are huge geographical and wealth differences. Most of the global vaccinations have been done in high- and moderate-income countries.

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