The US authorities will not send a coronavirus vaccine to developing countries before the country does not have enough drugs to vaccinate Americans, the Financial Times newspaper reports, citing unnamed representatives of the administration of President Joe Biden.
“Right now, we are focused on vaccinating Americans, on getting vaccinated here,” said an unnamed Biden administration official. According to another unnamed official, Biden asked administration officials to consider donating a “surplus” of vaccines “when there is enough” of the drug to meet domestic demand.
“Although we currently do not have the ability to share vaccine doses, we are working hard to support COVAX and step up vaccination worldwide,” said another unnamed administration official. Earlier, the White House announced that the United States would increase donations to the COVAX vaccination initiative to $ 4 billion.
COVAX is an international mechanism launched by WHO, together with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the Coalition for Innovation in Epidemic Preparedness, supporting capacity building and procurement. Under the terms of the program, high-income countries pay for the purchase of vaccines, thereby subsidizing the so-called funded states.