The White House stated Thursday that the United States will ship at least 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to needy nations throughout the world by the end of this month, following through on a vow made by President Joe Biden last month.
Officials said 19 million doses will be donated to the worldwide COVAX project, which strives to supply coronavirus vaccination to impoverished countries. According to the company, COVAX will get around 75% of the wasted doses from the United States.
Six million doses will be go to “regional priorities and partner recipients” that include Mexico, Canada, South Korea, the West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen, the White House said.
Biden said last month that his administration was willing to help other nations with supplies of the vaccines, partly because persistent outbreaks abroad also threaten Americans’ health in the United States.
“As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable,” Biden said in a statement Thursday. “And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home.
“Already, the United States has committed $4 billion to support COVAX, and we have launched partnerships to boost global capacity to manufacture more vaccines.”
According to the White House, around 7 million doses are targeted for Asia, including India, and 5 million for Africa through the African Union.
Vice President Kamala Harris discussed the distribution plan in person with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Caribbean Community Chairman Prime Minister Keith Rowley on Thursday.
“We are sharing these doses not to secure favours or extract concessions,” Biden stated. “We are sharing these vaccines in order to save lives and lead the world in bringing the pandemic to an end.”
“And we will continue to follow the science and to work in close cooperation with our democratic partners to coordinate a multilateral effort.”