US To Buy 500 Million Pfizer Vaccine Doses, Donate Jabs Globally

  • US To Buy 500 Million Pfizer Vaccine Doses, Donate Jabs Globally

US To Buy 500 Million Pfizer Vaccine Doses, Donate Jabs Globally

Biden will reportedly announce during a Group of Seven meeting in the United Kingdom this week that the US will purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and designate them specifically for worldwide distribution over the next year.

Some 200 million doses will be given out this year and 300 million in 2022.

All doses will go through COVAX, the global vaccine initiative, and will go to 92 low- and lower-income countries, in addition to the African Union.

President Joe Biden will announce the news at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, this week, the person said.

The White House and Pfizer declined to comment. BioNTech/Pfizer did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "Findings from the extended timeframe of this study add to accumulating evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are effective and should prevent most infections - but that fully vaccinated people who still get COVID-19 are likely to have milder, shorter illness and appear to be less likely to spread the virus to others".

This announcement was made during the Minister's daily COVID-19 update.

"We have had limited supply, and in recent weeks we've been using more vaccine than has been entering the country".

Anthony said that the vaccines cost approximately US$15 per dose. The White House earlier this year also pledged $4 billion to COVAX and urged other countries to boost donations as well. These groups are more likely to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 due to their occupations.

The agreement is in addition to the 300 million shots the United States has already purchased from Pfizer and brings the total number of Pfizer/BioNTech shots purchased by the United States to 800 million, the Times said.