The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine (PFE.N) to nearly 100 countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.
The United States is expected to distribute 200 million hits this year and another 300 million in the first half of next year, they said.
It will donate it to 92 low-income countries and the African Union, they added.
Donations will go through the COVAX Vaccine Program which distributes COVID-19 vaccines in low and middle income countries and is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization ( GAVI).
US President Joe Biden will announce the deal on Thursday when the Group of Seven of the world’s richest countries meet in Britain, one of the people said.
The deal has been negotiated over the past four weeks by White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and the coronavirus task force team, one of the sources said.
The White House and Pfizer declined to comment.
The US president told reporters before boarding Air Force One for Britain that he had a global vaccination strategy and would announce it, but did not provide details.
The White House is under increasing pressure to increase donations of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries.
The United States has given at least one injection to around 64% of its adult population and has started vaccinating adolescents, while other countries like Brazil and India are struggling to get the doses they desperately need. need.
“This action sends an incredibly powerful message about America’s commitment to helping the world fight this pandemic,” said Tom Hart, Acting CEO of The ONE Campaign, a nonprofit working to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases by 2030.
The Biden administration had said it would share 80 million doses of the vaccine globally by the end of June. Earlier this year, the White House pledged $ 4 billion to COVAX and urged other countries to increase donations as well. Read more
GAVI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pfizer said it plans to produce up to 3 billion COVID-19 shots in 2021 and more than 4 billion next year.
The New York Times reported that the United States would buy the doses at a “not-for-profit” price, citing people familiar with the deal. They also reported that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla will accompany Biden during the announcement.
The deal adds to the 300 million snapshots the United States has already purchased from Pfizer and brings the total number of Pfizer / BioNTech snapshots purchased by the United States to 800 million, according to the Times.
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