US to donate 500 million additional Covid vaccines to low and lower-middle-income countries
Washington: US President Joe Biden tomorrow will announce that the US is purchasing an additional 500 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to donate to low and lower-middle-income countries around the world.
Senior Administration Officials of the US, Previewing the Global Summit to End COVID-19, said, "Overall, we have now shipped nearly 160 million of these doses to 100 countries around the world — from Peru to Pakistan, Sri Lanka to Sudan, El Salvador to Ethiopia".
"This new commitment [ 500 million vaccines] will bring our total to over 1.1 billion vaccines donated to the world. The United States -- let me repeat that, The United States is donating 1.1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world, free of charge, no strings attached," he said.
These half a billion vaccines will be made here in the United States by American workers. They’ll start shipping out in January. And that means from January through September of next year, we will ship out 800 million vaccines to the world.
Global Summit to End COVID-19 will be a virtual summit to be held on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly. The President will call on world leaders to elevate the global level of ambition to end the COVID pandemic in 2022 and to build back better health security to prevent and prepare for future pandemics.