US announces destinations for 55 million more COVID vaccine doses

  • US announces destinations for 55 million more COVID vaccine doses

US announces destinations for 55 million more COVID vaccine doses

What they're saying: "Our goals are to increase global COVID-19 vaccination coverage, prepare for surges and prioritize healthcare workers and other vulnerable populations based on public health data and acknowledged best practice, and help our neighbors and other countries in need", the White House said in a statement.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus talks during a daily press briefing on COVID-19 virus at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva on 11 March 2020.

Covax was created previous year to ensure Covid-19 doses were made available around the world, with richer countries subsidising costs for poorer nations.

The White House's breakdown of its allocation for the vaccine doses is below.

Of the 55 million remaining doses, some 41 million would be shared through COVAX, the White House said, with approximately 14 million going to Latin America and the Caribbean, some 16 million to Asia, and roughly 10 million to Africa.

He said some countries had tried to make alternative arrangements to end shortages, with harsh consequences, such as paying above market value for vaccines.

The donation will complete Washington's initial pledge of 80 million doses from its own vaccine supply, made ahead of a vow to buy 500 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine for low- and middle-income nations.

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Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel "Babe" Romualdez said the country could get Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines from their surplus.

The White House outlined a plan on Monday to allocate 55 million doses of coronavirus vaccine around the world, the remainder of 80 million doses that President Biden pledged to send by the end of June to countries desperate for vaccine.

These vaccines are not included in the 500 million doses President Biden said the USA would donate via Covax.

The remaining 14 million will be shipped bilaterally, including to some of the same countries.

The 80 million doses are the first major U.S. donation internationally, and build on 4.2 million doses "loaned" to Mexico and Canada earlier this year.

The White House said it is still working through a variety of logistical and regulatory issues involved in shipping vaccine overseas, like safely transporting the doses and, at times, having to send related supplies, like syringes and alcohol pads, along with them.