Friday, October 15, 2021

US to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries

The United States has struck an agreement with Pfizer to buy an additional 500 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to donate to various countries, according to the Biden administration.

President Joe Biden plans to announce the deal on Wednesday, a senior administration official told reporters on a September 21 call.

“President Biden will announce that the US is buying an additional 500 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to donate to low- and lower-middle-income countries around the world,” said the official, speaking to reporters on condition that his was not identified. , said.

The installment will be made in the United States and will begin shipping in January 2022.

The additional commitment means the United States has pledged to donate or has already donated 1.1 billion vaccine doses. It includes 500 million Pfizer doses that the United States bought over the summer and promised to send to countries the government said were needed.

So far, approximately 160 million doses have been dispatched to 100 countries around the world, including Peru, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, El Salvador and Ethiopia.

“The United States is donating 1.1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world for free, no strings attached,” the official said. “It’s a big commitment by America. In fact, for every one shot we’ve given in this country so far, we’re now donating three shots to other countries. One shot here today; three shots committed to the world.” No other country or group of countries has come close to that.”

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A vial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNtech is seen in Bangkok, Thailand on September 21, 2021. (Lauren Desica/Getty Images)

Like Pfizer’s first tranche, the United States is paying a price that was not specified, but was described as a “price not for profit”. They will be distributed through COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access, a global effort aimed at providing access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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The agreement “will enable more equitable access to our vaccines,” Pfizer CEO Albert Boerla said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Biden plans to formally announce the purchase and planned donation of an additional 500 million doses during a virtual COVID-19 summit. The summit will be attended by world leaders and business executives.

US officials sent conference attendees a list of goals, including a goal of achieving 70 percent of the world’s vaccinations ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting in 2022.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.

The announcement came after the United States and some other countries gave people the third and even fourth doses of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 shots after criticism from some officials such as World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The criticism for giving has come after.

Officials argue that the focus should be on unvaccinated immunizations, especially in poor countries with little access to vaccines.

US officials have pushed back, saying the booster could be administered at the same time that people around the world are given the first shots.

The Biden administration had hoped that US drug regulators were going to authorize booster doses for all Americans, but lowered those hopes last week when the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccine Advisory Panel recommended against boosters, those 65 and more. except the old ones. Regulators are yet to announce whether they will rescind the recommendation.

Zachary Stebero

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Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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