Joe Biden promised to soon present a global strategy for vaccinating the population of the entire planet.
The Biden administration plans to provide 500 million free doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to nearly a hundred countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.
The United States is likely to transfer 200 million doses this year and another 300 million doses in the first half of next year to 92 low-income countries and African Union countries, they said.
The donations will be made through the COVAX vaccination program, which distributes COVID-19 vaccines to low-and middle-income countries. The program is led by the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).
President Joe Biden will announce on Thursday at the G-7 summit in Britain, one of the sources said. The deal was negotiated over the past four weeks by White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients and the administration’s coronavirus working group, he said.
CNBC reported on Wednesday that the United States is also in talks with Moderna to purchase a vaccine it produces, also for transfer to other countries. A representative of Moderna said that the company is interested in this transaction, but declined to comment on all questions about this project.
President Biden, speaking to reporters before flying to the UK, said that the White House has developed a global vaccination strategy and he will soon announce the start of its implementation. The American leader did not go into details.
The White House is under growing pressure from the global community to increase donations of COVID-19 vaccines from major powers.
To date, the United States, where approximately 64% of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, has started vaccinating adolescents, while other countries, such as Brazil and India, are struggling to get the much-needed drugs. The US administration is also going to use such supplies of vaccines as a tool to counter Chinese and Russian “vaccine diplomacy.”