U.S. will boost global vaccine-sharing, President Biden announces

US to give 80 mln vaccine doses to priority nations, 75% via Covax

1st batch of US-donated vaccines to go to India, Taiwan, others

The White House will share as much as 80 million vaccine doses by the end of June, with a lot of them going through the COVAX program.

Some state officials have said in recent days that some unused doses may expire by the end of the month, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that looming expiration dates were a factor as the administration works to get the doses sent out as quickly as possible. He added that Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand are facing serious difficulties with COVID-19.

The commitment came amid pressure from other governments to use the United States' large vaccine surplus to help struggling nations now that significant progress has been made in rolling out vaccinations at home.

According to the USA plan, of its first 25 million doses, about seven million are allocated for Asia, especially India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Taiwan.

"President Biden has announced today the Global Allocation Plan of 25 million vaccines".

"We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values". Today, the Administration announced its framework for sharing these 80 million USA vaccine doses worldwide. But Canada and the United Kingdom are the only two G7 countries which bought doses from COVAX as well as donated money to buy doses for lower income nations.

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"I deeply appreciate the assurance of vaccine supplies to India as part of the US Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing", Modi said.

"We are going to need twice that much and it's got to be brought forward", he said, referring to the size of wealthy country donations so far as G7 health ministers meet in Oxford.

He said the United States was focusing on getting every eligible American vaccinated, but "we also recognise that ending this pandemic means ending it everywhere". The United States has received requests for vaccines from countries all over the world. "The remaining doses, just over 6 million, will be shared directly with countries experiencing surges, those in crisis, and other partners and neighbors, including Canada, Mexico, India, and the Republic of Korea", he said.

Set the stage for increased global coverage.

White House COVID-19 adviser Jeff Zients said the United States would continue to donate additional doses throughout the summer as more supply becomes available.

However, Bruce Aylward said on Friday that only a small portion of those doses will be available in the short-term in June, July and August when they can make a difference in slowing the pace of infections in the global pandemic. Our dose sharing approach prioritizes Latin American and the Caribbean on a per capita basis.

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Biden has committed to providing other nations with all 60 million domestically produced doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine., which has yet to be authorized for use in the USA but is widely approved around the world.

Meanwhile, approximately 6 million of stock vaccines will be sent directly to America's "regional priorities and partner recipients".

Some five million for Africa will be shared with countries that will be selected in coordination with the African Union. Those places include the West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Iraq and Haiti.

The sharing of millions of US vaccines with other countries signals a major commitment by the USA government.

"And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to worldwide vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home". This will take time, but the President has directed the Administration to use all the levers of the USA government to protect individuals from this virus as quickly as possible.

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