White House Presents Intent to Donate COVID-19 Vaccines Abroad | national
The Biden administration announced Thursday that it will send 80 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to other countries struggling with the pandemic by the end of the month and presented a plan to allocate the first 25 million doses. .
The United States will share 75% of those 25 million initial doses, or 19 million, through COVAX, the international effort to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines, according to a fact sheet. The remaining 6 million doses will go to priority countries or regional partners.
The announcement comes as the White House is pushing for more Americans to get vaccinated this month to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% of American adults vaccinated by July 4. As the pandemic eases in the United States and some doses face looming expiration dates, the administration faces pressure to share its supply with other countries that have very little or no vaccines. and are facing a crash case.
“As long as this pandemic rages anywhere in the world, the American people will always be vulnerable,” Biden said. “And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home. “
The United States will ship a mixture of its three licensed vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The 25 million doses announced Thursday will come from oversupply from the federal government, rather than oversupply from states, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said at a briefing. Press.
“We will continue to give additional doses over the summer months as the supply becomes available,” Zients said. “But at the same time, we know it won’t be enough. So the second part of our approach is to work with the American vaccine makers to dramatically increase the vaccine supply to the rest of the world in a way that also creates jobs here at home. “
Biden previously said the United States would send 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has yet to be cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, overseas. The United States has already shipped 4 million doses of AstraZeneca to Mexico and Canada.
For the doses that the United States shares with COVAX, the administration has allocated 6 million for countries in South and Central America, 7 million for Asian countries and 5 million for African countries to be determined in coordination with the African Union.
Doses intended for priority countries and specific partners include areas where there have been virus outbreaks or other challenges, such as India, the West Bank and Gaza. The United States is sending 1 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to South Korea on Thursday, Zients said. Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen will also be priority countries, as well as frontline United Nations workers.
Zients told reporters the administration would work “as quickly as possible” to ensure safe delivery of doses, calling it a “complex operational challenge.” Authorities expect regular shipments in the coming weeks, he said.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said officials considered several factors when deciding how to share doses, including how best to achieve global coverage, to respond to outbreaks in certain situations. and help as many countries as possible that have requested vaccines.
The administration has also decided to prioritize aid to neighboring countries, he said.
The United States is withdrawing its Defense Production Act priority ratings for AstraZeneca, Novavax and Sanofi vaccines, which have not yet been cleared by the FDA, Zients also told reporters. This would allow US suppliers of vaccine manufacturers to determine which orders to prioritize.
“We are confident in our supply of our licensed vaccines,” Zients said.
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