The White House announced Tuesday that the United States has donated and shipped more than 110 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to more than 60 countries. A great effort in the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes two months after the Biden administration unveiled its plan to distribute vaccines around the world under pressure from the public health community and some Washington lawmakers to donate excess doses of vaccine. The White House had missed its original goal of distributing 80 million doses of vaccine by the end of June.
The majority of the 110 million doses were distributed through COVAX, the World Health Organization (WHO)-supported global vaccine initiative that aims to share vaccine doses with the poorest countries. The countries with the most doses are Indonesia, the Philippines, Colombia, South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. The remainder of the vaccines were shared directly by the administration with regional partners such as Mexico and Canada.
“Our goal is to save lives”
“Our goals are to increase global COVID-19 vaccination coverage, prepare for outbreaks and prioritize health workers and other vulnerable populations based on public health data and recognized best practices, and serve our neighbors and other countries in need,” said the White House in an informative notice. “It is important to note that the United States does not, and will not use, its vaccines to win the favor of other countries. Our goal is to save lives, ”assured the White House.
Half a billion Pfizer doses for distribution
Aside from 110 million cans that are “already saving lives”, the government plans to begin distributing a new, larger batch from next month. “Beginning this month, the government will begin shipping half a billion doses of Pfizer that the United States has pledged to buy and donate to 100 low-income countries in need.” Two hundred million doses will be available this year, according to the government, while the remaining 300 million will be distributed in the first half of 2022. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 11 billion doses are needed, around 70% of the world’s population.