The presidente Joe Biden said on monday that The United States will send an additional 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines abroad in the next six weeks. He valued that in the country the internal demand for injections falls and the global disparities in the distribution have become more evident, reported the AP agency.
America will never be fully safe while this pandemic is raging globally. That’s why today, I’m announcing that over the next six weeks we will send 80 million vaccine doses overseas.
It is the right thing to do. It is the smart thing to do. It is the strong thing to do.
– President Biden (@POTUS) May 17, 2021
It’s about the Pfizer, Modern or Johnson & Johnson vaccines and it will be the first time that vaccines authorized and in use in the country will be shared with the rest of the world to complete 80 million doses.
“We know that the United States will never be completely safe until the pandemic that is ravaging the entire world is under control,” Biden said at the White House.
The ad joins the Prior commitment by the Biden Administration to share about 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not yet licensed for use in the United States. The AstraZeneca dosage They will be available for shipment once they have passed a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration, probably at the end of June.
Biden also named the Covid-19 coordinator, Jeff Zients, to lead the Government’s efforts to share doses with the world.
“Our nation will be the arsenal of vaccines for the rest of the world“said Biden. He added that, compared to other countries like Russia and China, who have sought to take advantage of their doses of national production, “we will not use our vaccines to secure favors from other countries.”
The Biden Administration has yet to say how the new commitment will go through or which countries will receive the vaccines.
Till the date, The United States has shared about 4.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with Canada and Mexico.. They have started to export additional doses of US-made Pfizer vaccine as the company fulfilled its initial contractual commitments to the federal government.
The United States has faced increasing pressure to share more of its vaccine arsenal with the world as interest in vaccines has waned nationally.
“While rich countries continue to increase vaccines, less than 1% of vaccines Covid-19 vaccine dose globally they have been given to people in low-income countries, “said Tom Hart, Acting Executive Director of ONE Campaign.
“The sooner the United States and other rich countries develop a coordinated strategy to share vaccine doses with the world’s most vulnerable, the faster we will end the global pandemic for all,” he added.
More of 157 million Americans have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine Y 123 million are fully vaccinated against the virus. Biden expects the United States to have 160 million people fully vaccinated by July 4.
Worldwide, more than 3.3 million people have died from the coronavirus, according to WHO data. The United States has experienced the largest loss of life confirmed by Covid-19, with more than 586,000 people.