(CNN) — President Joe Biden said Monday that his administration will share millions more doses of covid-19 vaccines with other countries, in addition to the 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that it has already pledged to share by 4 June. July.
Biden said the United States will share at least 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of next month, for a total of 80 million doses to be shipped abroad. Those 20 million additional doses will consist of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, as well as AstraZeneca, which must be approved by federal regulators before shipping overseas. The effort is underway.
“This is the most doses donated by any country in the world in five times,” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing at the White House.
CNN previously reported that Biden would announce that the US would share more vaccines globally.
Biden added that the White House covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients is in charge of this effort, in coordination with the National Security Council and the State Department.
Bloomberg was the first to report the news that the additional doses were being shared.
As more and more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration has taken steps to help other countries vaccinate their populations as the pandemic worsens globally.
US Shares More Covid-19 Vaccines
Last month, the Biden administration pledged to share up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will not be needed in the US, in the next two months.
The AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine is not one of three vaccines that has received emergency use authorization in the US, only the Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been approved for use.
In February, Biden said a US $ 2 billion contribution would go toward a global coronavirus vaccine initiative. The funding, which Biden announced in a call with G7 leaders, will support the collaborative program for global equitable access to covid-19 vaccines, known as COVAX. That initiative is led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, together with the World Health Organization and the Coalition for Innovations in Epidemic Preparedness.
Biden also pledged an additional $ 2 billion in funding depending on contributions from other nations and meeting dose management targets.
The president has said that there will be a sufficient supply of covid-19 vaccine for every American adult by the end of this month. Nearly 123 million Americans are fully vaccinated in the United States, and nearly 60% of American adults have received at least one dose, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also recently approved Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for teens ages 12-15.
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