US Pledges To Send 80 Million Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccine Overseas To Fight Pandemic
While the US aims to vaccinate 160 million people by July 4, the Biden administrations will also be sending 80 million doses of vaccine to other countries fighting the pandemic.
US President Joe Biden made an announcement on 17th May that Washington will be sending 80 million COVID-19 vaccine jabs to various countries across the world in the coming months. The White House mentioned that in six weeks, 20 million doses will be sent globally. The doses will come from the existing stocks of Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine stocks.
In the statement, Joe Biden said, “By the end of June, when we’ll have taken delivery of enough of such vaccines to protect everyone in the United States, the United States will share at least 20 million doses of those doses — that extra supply — with other countries”.
As the domestic demand for vaccines has dropped significantly over the past few weeks in the US, this would be the first time that the US-controlled doses which were authorized for use within the country will be shared overseas.
Earlier, the Biden administration had already announced that 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be shared overseas. These jabs are, however, not from the lot authorized for use within the US. The details, regarding which countries the vaccines would be shared with are yet undisclosed.
The US has shared 4.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with Canada and Mexico so far. According to the media reports, the US has fully vaccinated over 123 million people, while 157 million people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden administration claims that hopefully 160 million people will be vaccinated fully by July 4. Biden has previously pledged that the U.S. would soon become an “arsenal” of global vaccine supply.