The United States will send 19 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through the international COVAX mechanism, including 6 million doses to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, about 7 million to countries in South and Southeast Asia, and about 5 million to countries in Africa. This is stated in a written statement issued on Thursday by US President Joe Biden in connection with his administration’s plans to provide other countries with the necessary drugs.
“I said that by the end of June, the United States will share 80 million doses of our vaccines with the world. Today, we are providing more details on how we will distribute the first 25 million of these vaccines to lay the groundwork for expanding global coverage and addressing real and potential outbreaks, high infection rates, and the needs of the most vulnerable countries. At least 75% of these doses – almost 19 million-will be transferred through COVAX, including about 6 million doses for Latin America and the Caribbean, about 7 million for South and Southeast Asia, and about 5 million for Africa in coordination with the African Union and the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the President said.
“The remaining doses, just over 6 million, will be transferred directly to countries experiencing outbreaks, countries in crisis, and other partners and neighbors, including Canada, Mexico, India, and the Republic of Korea,” Biden added.
We are talking about US-registered drugs developed by a consortium of BioNTech and Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. “We don’t share these doses to get favors or concessions. We share these vaccines to save lives and to play a leading role in the world in ending the pandemic, using the power of our example and our values,” the American leader said.
Initially, the situation with possible supplies of the vaccine from the United States was complicated by the fact that at the end of last year, US President Donald Trump signed a decree according to which Washington will not provide drugs for coronavirus to other countries until all American citizens have access to them. According to the World Health Organization, the United States and other high-income countries have 90% of the world’s available stocks of the new coronavirus vaccine. Earlier, the US authorities sent COVAX $4 billion. They also agreed to provide 4.2 million doses of vaccines to Canada and Mexico.