In his speech in Cornwall, England, where he is to attend the G7 Summit, which will start tomorrow, US President Joe Biden gave information about the US’s global vaccine efforts.
Mentioning that they had a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson before his speech, Biden emphasized the importance of US-UK relations and cooperation.
“We see you suffer in the world”
Stating that the USA gave 600,000 victims to COVID-19, Biden said, “We know the tragedy, we know the recovery in the same way. 64 percent of adults in the USA have now received at least 1 dose of vaccine.”
Emphasizing that thanks to the vaccination studies in the USA, they have reached the minimum number of daily deaths since the beginning of the epidemic and the economy has recovered at a great pace, Biden said:
“Since the beginning of my presidency, we have also been examining what we should do for the virus globally. It is our responsibility and our humanitarian obligation. We must save as many lives as we can. We see people in the world being harmed and suffering. We are trying to help as much as we can.”
Vaccine donation to 100 low- and middle-income countries
Pointing out that the USA will not be safe while the epidemic continues in other parts of the world, Biden shared the information that “The USA will buy half a million doses of Pfizer vaccine and donate it to approximately 100 low and middle income countries.”
Biden said that the shipping of these vaccines will start in August this year, 200 million doses will be distributed by the end of the year, and the remaining 300 million doses will be distributed by mid-2022.
The goal is to share 80 million doses of vaccine with the world by the end of June.
The US administration aims to distribute 80 million vaccines to the world by the end of June, 55 million of which are from AstraZeneca, and 25 million from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson.
Explaining the details of the sharing program of 25 million doses of vaccine that they will share with the world on June 3, Biden said, “At least 75 percent of these doses (approximately 19 million) will be shared via COVAX. 6 million doses of this will be sent to Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 7 million. “About 5 million will go to Africa,” he said.
Biden stated that the remaining 6 million doses will be shared with countries in crisis, including Canada, Mexico, India and South Korea.
For the US to ship the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve its use.