The United States announced Tuesday that it has distributed more than 100 million vaccines against Covid-19 worldwide, more donations than “all other countries combined” and “this is only the beginning”, according to a statement. The country has shipped 111,701,000 doses to more than 60 countries, most of it via the international Covax initiative but also in collaboration with partners such as the African Union or CARICOM [Communauté des Caraïbes]. This “reflects American generosity,” the statement said.
In detail, the main beneficiaries to date are Indonesia [8 millions de doses], the Philippines and Colombia [6 millions de doses ou plus], or Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan and South Africa [5 millions ou plus]. These donations “are only the beginning of the efforts of the American administration to provide vaccines to the whole world”, it is indicated.
Doses promised to 100 countries
As of the end of the month, the United States will begin to ship the 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine that they have promised to 100 developing countries. “It is important to note that the United States has not used, and will not use, its vaccines to gain favor from other states. Our goal is to save lives, ”assures the White House, at a time when China and Russia are regularly suspected of using their own vaccine distributions for diplomatic purposes.
President Joe Biden is due to speak on Tuesday on his administration’s efforts to encourage vaccination internationally but also nationally, in the face of the very rapid spread of the Delta variant, which means new restrictions for Americans, whether from public origin or decided by private companies.