WASHINGTON (AP) – President Biden announced on Monday that the United States will distribute an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the world over the next six weeks as domestic demand for shotguns and global distribution disparities become more apparent.
The doses will come from existing stockpiles of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which means that this is the first time that doses of controlled vaccines in the United States will be used abroad. This will boost the global commitment to vaccine distribution from the US to միլիոն 80 million.
“We know that America will never be completely safe until the epidemic around the world is under control,” Biden told the White House.
The announcement comes as the Biden administration pledges to distribute about 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is still approved for use in the United States by the end of June. Doses of AstraZeneca will be available as soon as the Food and Drug Administration checks the safety check upon delivery.
Biden also eavesdropped on COVID-19 coordinator FFF Zi Yen to lead the administration’s efforts to share doses with the world.
“Our nation will become an arsenal of vaccines for the rest of the world,” Biden said. He added that compared to other countries like Russia and China, which have tried to use their domestic doses, “we will not use our vaccines for the benefit of other countries.”
The Biden administration has not yet announced how the new vaccine commitments will be shared or which countries will receive them.
To date, the United States has shared with Canada եքս Mexico about 4.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Additional doses of the US-made Pfizer vaccine have begun to be exported as the company has fulfilled its initial contractual obligations to the federal government.
The United States has come under increasing pressure to share more vaccines with the world as interest in the vaccine has waned.
“While rich countries continue to boost vaccines, less than 1 percent of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been passed on to people in low-income countries around the world,” said Tom Hart, CEO of ONE. “The sooner the United States and other rich nations develop a systematic strategy to share vaccine doses with the world’s most vulnerable, the sooner we will end the global epidemic for all.”
More than 157 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 123 million have been fully vaccinated against the virus. Biden hopes that by July 4, the United States will have 160 million people fully vaccinated.
Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 3.3 million people have died from the coronavirus. The United States has the largest confirmed loss of life of COVID-19 – more than 586,000 people.