Washington to Ship 20 Million Doses of U.S.-Approved Coronavirus Vaccines Overseas by the End of June, Joe Biden confirmed on Monday.
In combination with the 60 million doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine That the United States has already promised to its foreign allies, the Biden administration will ship 80 million doses of vaccines abroad over the next six weeks.
“Our nation will be the vaccine arsenal for the rest of the world,” Biden said in a speech at the White House.
“No ocean is wide enough, no wall is high enough to keep us safe. Rampant disease and death in other countries can destabilize them, those countries, and also pose a risk to us, ”he added.
The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for use in the US, and Monday’s move marked the first time the US would share vaccines licensed for home use. The AstraZeneca vaccine is not yet approved in the US It previously shared 4 million doses from its AstraZeneca stockpile with Mexico and Canada in March.
On Monday, the president said the United States would send more doses of vaccines to foreign countries than China or Russia, and stressed that his administration would not be asking allies for “favors” in exchange for the vaccines.
The White House has not said which countries will receive the vaccines. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the administration would announce more in the coming days on how the administration is deciding where to send the vaccines.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the World Health Organization (WHO), welcomed the move, saying that partners in the WHO-backed Covax vaccine distribution platform “would stand ready to support equitable distribution.”
Monday, Biden celebrated the news that coronavirus cases are declining in all 50 US states for the first time since the pandemic began, marking a turning point in the country’s fight against the virus.
The president also announced that Tuesday’s data will show that 60% of American adults have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Biden has set a goal of vaccinating at least 70% of American adults by July 4, and the president emphasized that unvaccinated Americans still face the risk of infection.
“Ultimately, those who are not vaccinated may end up paying the price,” Biden said. “We are not done fighting this virus.”
Many US allies called on the Biden administration to send more doses of vaccines to other countries, noting that the pandemic will not really end until vaccines are widely available around the world.
Biden said last week that nearly half of world leaders had contacted his administration asking for help in accessing more doses of vaccines.
“Literally, practically 40% of world leaders call and ask if we can help them,” Biden said. “Lets try”.
A recent surge in coronavirus infections in Taiwan, previously one of the world’s Covid-19 mitigation success stories, has caused its stock of 300,000 doses to rapidly deplete, with only about 1% of its 23 million. of vaccinated people. The state department did not respond when asked what specific assistance was being offered to Taiwan.
Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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