The Biden administration says it will share a stockpile of 25 million unused vaccine doses with the world.
The administration of United States President Joe Biden has announced its plans to share with the world a stockpile of 25 million unused COVID-19 vaccine doses.
The White House said on Thursday 75 percent of those doses will go to the United Nations-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing programme, while the rest will go directly to allied nations and partners.
“As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable,” Biden said in a statement. “And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home.”
Of the 25 million doses, the White House says about 19 million will go to COVAX, with approximately six million for Latin America and the Caribbean, seven million for Asia, and five million for Africa. The doses mark a substantial – and immediate – boost to the lagging COVAX effort, which to date has shared just 76 million doses with needy countries.
The remaining 25 percent will be kept in reserve for emergencies and for the US to share directly with allies and partners.