The Biden administration will pledge US$4 billion to a coronavirus vaccination program for poorer countries in hopes of prying loose bigger donations from other governments, USA officials said on Thursday.
The COVAX program to vaccinate the poorer countries around the world is expected to cost $15 billion worldwide, $4 billion of which will come from the US over the next few years, including $500 million right away, per the report. Some global health officials have complained that funding isn't the issue when it comes to getting the vaccine quickly to developing countries because there isn't enough vaccine to buy, a problem the US has contributed to by snatching up hundreds of millions of doses for Americans.
The U.S. funding has already been approved by Congress. Both countries have committed to provide vaccines to poorer countries, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week the administration is watching "those actions with concern", per the report.
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It remains to be seen how G7 allies will receive the U.S. move, given that the USA refused to take part in the initiative under Mr Trump. S. refused to take part in the initiative under Trump and that there are growing calls for the Biden administration to distribute some U.
In an interview with Britain's Financial Times, French President Emmanuel Macron called on the U.S. and European nations to allocate up to 5 per cent of current vaccine supplies to developing countries - the kind of vaccine diplomacy that China and Russian Federation have begun deploying.
There are calls for an allocation of national vaccine supplies to be given to developing countries
Last month Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Mr Biden and raised the prospect of Canada getting its hands on US-made doses of the Pfizer vaccine, according to a senior Canadian government official quoted by the Associated Press news agency.
Canada has been getting all its Pfizer doses from a company facility in Puurs, Belgium, and has experienced disruptions in supply.
The move highlights Biden's different approach to global affairs after former President Donald Trump withdrew from the World Health Organization and signed an executive order prioritizing vaccines for Americans before helping other countries.
The U.S. officials said the donations would not interfere with Biden's promise to have enough vaccines available for all Americans who want them by the end of July. World Health Organization says COVAX needs $5 billion in 2021.
Guterres said Wednesday that 130 countries have not received a single dose of the vaccine and declared that at this critical moment, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community.
Group of Seven leaders will be discussing global coordination on ending the deadly and disruptive pandemic when they meet virtually on Friday.