The United States will purchase 500 million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to donate to other countries, reported Wednesday. New York Timesand the
US President Joe Biden is due to make the announcement at the G7 summit this week, according to the Washington Post, which quotes three people familiar with the matter.
Asked before his departure for England, the US president appeared to allude to the announcement on Wednesday. When asked if he had a strategy for distributing vaccines around the world, he replied, “I have one and I will announce it. “
200 million doses distributed this year
According to New York Times, the first 200 million doses will be distributed this year, and the other 300 million next year. The United States has come under heavy criticism in recent months for delaying sharing its vaccines with the rest of the world. But the White House is now trying to pose as a leader on this issue.
The United States had already announced that it would donate 80 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines to foreign countries by the end of June. Earlier this month, Washington said 75% of those doses would be distributed through the Covax sharing scheme, set up to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, especially to low-income countries.