Mr. Biden has a week and a half to meet his deadline, a task made more hard as the administration tries to change which manufacturers' vaccines would be included in the 55 million portion. To that end, ahead of the G7, President Biden announced that the USA will purchase half-a-billion Pfizer doses and donate them to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and members of the African Union.
The specific breakdown of doses by country was not provided, but 41 million doses will be split through COVAX between countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
"We have plenty of doses to share with the world, but this is a Herculean logistical challenge", she told reporters, noting safety and regulatory information had to be shared, proper storage temperatures for the vaccines had to be ensured, and language barriers at times had to be overcome.
This will complete US's initial pledge of 80 million doses from its own supply (File).
The delay has been due in part to a stockpile of 60 million AstraZeneca doses that he'd planned to donate, and that were meant to make up the bulk of the 80 million and begin shipping in May. The doses will consist of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines. AstraZeneca's vaccine has not been approved by federal regulators, CNN reported.
The White House added that countries that would receive the vaccine through direct sharing are Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Egypt, Colombia, Argentina, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and many others. Another 100,000 crore jabs will be shared with African nations.
The remaining one-fourth will be spread among at least two dozen places to help address virus surges, including Colombia, Argentina, Haiti, the Philippines, Vietnam, Iraq, Ukraine, Bosnia, South Africa, the West Bank and Gaza.
"We have announced today where these doses are going".
The White House also said that in addition to sharing doses from its own vaccine supply, the U.S. is committed to working with American manufacturers to produce more vaccines to share with the world.
These vaccines will also be distributed via Covax. Worldwide partners are eager to get even more.