US to Donate ANOTHER 500M Covid Doses to Low-Income Countries

by Wall Street Rebel | Michael London | 09/22/2021 7:49 AM
US to Donate ANOTHER 500M Covid Doses to Low-Income Countries


United States will contribute ANOTHER half a billion doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to almost 100 low-income countries. According to the White House, this will give the fight against the pandemic a significant boost.


President Biden will announce on Wednesday that the United States will purchase an additional 500 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to donate to the rest of the world as part of an effort to boost the global vaccination effort.  The announcement comes as part of the White House's virtual global COVID-19 summit on Wednesday, which coincides with the United Nations General Assembly.

According to a senior administration official, the new purchase brings the United States' total commitment of vaccine doses for global distribution to more than 1.1 billion.

According to the official, the newly announced doses will be distributed between January and September of next year. So far, the administration has shipped approximately 150 million doses.

The White House will also call on the world to meet a target of vaccinating 70% of the global population by the next United Nations General Assembly in September 2022, which an official described as "ambitious."

Even with the new dose donation announcements, there is still a long way to go before vaccinating the entire world. According to the World Health Organization, 11 billion doses are required to vaccinate 70% of the world's population.

Officials said the U.S. would also call on other countries to increase their commitments at the summit on Wednesday.

The moves come as the Biden administration is under pressure to help other countries vaccinate their citizens.

In addition to donating doses, experts and advocates have urged the United States to help boost global vaccine manufacturing to produce more doses and facilitate the transfer of manufacturing know-how to low-income countries.

On Wednesday, Biden will host a virtual summit session alongside Vice President Harris and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power. Other sessions will focus on supplies such as oxygen and protective equipment and prepare the world for the next pandemic.

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the inequity in global vaccinations an "obscenity."

"The majority of the wealthier world was immunized. "More than 90% of Africans are still waiting for their first dose," Guterres said. "This is a moral indictment of our world's state."

"We urgently require a global vaccination plan that will at least double vaccine production and ensure that vaccines reach 70% of the world's population in the first half of 2022," he added.


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