Biden Strengthens Global Commitment to Share Vaccines to 80 Million Doses
President Joe Biden will announce that the United States will share an additional 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine with the world over the next six weeks, the White House has announced.
The doses would come from existing U.S. production of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine stocks, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said more details would be released in the coming days.
It comes in addition to the Biden administration’s prior commitment to share approximately 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, not yet approved for use in the United States, by the end of June. .
“Our nation is going to be the arsenal of vaccines for the rest of the world,” Biden said.
He added that, compared to other countries like Russia and China that have sought to leverage their locally produced doses, “we will not use our vaccines to gain favor from other countries.”
Doses of AstraZeneca can be shipped once they have passed a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration.
The Biden administration has yet to announce how the vaccines will be shared or which countries will receive them.
To date, the United States has shared approximately 4.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine with Canada and Mexico.
The United States has faced increasing pressure to share more of its vaccine stock with the world, as interest in vaccines has waned nationally.
More than 157 million Americans have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 123 million are fully vaccinated against the virus.
Mr Biden hopes the United States will have 160 million people fully immunized by July 4.
Worldwide, more than 3.3 million people are confirmed to have died from the coronavirus.
The United States has experienced the largest confirmed loss of life from Covid-19, with more than 586,000 people.