Rich nations stockpiling a billion more COVID-19 shots than needed

  • Rich nations stockpiling a billion more COVID-19 shots than needed

Rich nations stockpiling a billion more COVID-19 shots than needed

Half of the money will be released "by the end of this month" and the rest over the next two years, a senior White House official told AFP on Thursday.

Other countries, including Russian Federation and China, have begun making their own direct donations to countries of their state-funded vaccines, which the White House has said previously it is watching with concern.

In addition to Friday's pledge, Biden will deliver a virtual address to the Munich Security Conference and travel to Pfizer's vaccine manufacturing facility in the USA state of MI. Trump declined to participate in the global effort, insisting his focus must be on providing shots to Americans.

"I can confirm according to the information we've been given that we will receive 2.8 million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine as part of the COVAX", health minister Faisal Sultan told a news conference.

"This pledge to COVAX does not impact the vaccination program in the United States at all", an official said.

Vietnam has four domestic Covid-19 vaccines under development by Nanogen Pharmaceutical Biotechnology JSC, the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals, Vaccine and Biological Production Company No. 1 and the Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals.

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There are calls for an allocation of national vaccine supplies to be given to developing countries

The timeline for what will depend on when there is a sufficient supply in the US.

The U.S. officials said the donations would not interfere with Biden's promise to have enough vaccines available for all Americans who want them by the end of July. Eligible economies must also submit National Deployment and Vaccination Plans through the COVID-19 Partners Platform that COVAX has reviewed and validated.

Covax is a global project to procure and distribute coronavirus vaccines for at least the most vulnerable 20 per cent in every country, allowing poorer nations to catch up with the rush by dozens of wealthy countries to vaccinate.

"This huge excess is the embodiment of vaccine nationalism", said Jenny Ottenhoff, ONE Campaign's senior director for policy.

He said the global community needs to continue to unite and strengthen multilateral cooperation to effectively coordinate joint efforts on pandemic prevention, affirming Vietnam would continue to contribute its best to the joint efforts to overcome the pandemic.

"Our commitment is to work with and through COVAX to ensure that there is equitable distribution of vaccines and funding globally, and also that there is a standard through which these vaccines are considered and distributed", White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday. "You know, the President is engaged with a range of leaders around the world, conveying how he wants to return the United States to have a central seat on the world stage, and we're working to do that through a range of actions".