Biden announces he will distribute 25 million vaccine doses around the world to countries ravaged by the pandemic, such as India and neighboring Canada and Mexico
- President Joe Biden has announced a plan to send 25 million doses around the world
- Nearly 19 million COVID-19 shots go to the global COVAX facility
- That included 6 million doses for Latin America and the Caribbean
- Another 7 million for South and Southeast Asia and 5 million for Africa
- Biden said the goal was not to get ‘favours’, but to ‘save lives’
- National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the US would retain control over where the doses went
The White House unveiled its plans to share unused COVID-19 vaccines with the world, releasing 25 million shots in the first tranche for countries hit hard by the pandemic, such as India, and for neighbors Canada and Mexico.
The US has said it will share 80 million doses by the end of June, and on Thursday officials said it would maintain control over where they go.
The new plan allocates three-quarters of the unused vaccines to COVAX’s UN-backed global distribution system, about 6 million to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 7 million to Asia and about 5 million to Africa.
President Joe Biden said the US was not sharing vaccines to “secure favors or make concessions” as his administration announced where the first 25 million unused doses would be sent. The president has pledged to send 80 million doses abroad by the end of June
An elderly man with breathing difficulties due to the coronavirus takes oxygen using an oxygen mask at a COVID-19 healthcare facility, at Gurudwara Rakab Ganj (Sikh Temple), in New Delhi, India. The country is one of the places chosen by the White House for vaccine doses
When he made the announcement, President Joe Biden said he would not use the lifesaving doses for diplomatic gain.
“We don’t share these doses to gain favors or make concessions,” he said.
“We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and lead the world in ending the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values.”
Where will the first 25 million vaccine doses go?
Nearly 19 million will be distributed through the global vaccine distribution system COVAX, with the following allocations:
About 6 million for South and Central America to the following countries: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Haiti and other countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as well as the Dominican Republic.
About 7 million for Asia to the following countries: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan and the Pacific Islands.
About 5 million for Africa to be shared with countries selected in consultation with the African Union.
An additional 6 million will be spent on regional priorities and partner recipients, including Mexico, Canada and the Republic of Korea, the West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen, as well as United States Frontline Workers. Nations.
Developed countries have been accused of monopolizing vaccine production and protecting their own populations at the expense of poorer countries.
The US is second only to China for vaccine production, but was singled out because they kept almost all of the stock at home.
The result was a world waiting to see how the Biden administration would decide to share its doses.
The vast majority will be distributed by COVAX, a program supported by the World Health Organization.
Another six million will go to what the White House described as “regional priorities” and “partner recipients,” including Mexico, Canada and the Republic of Korea, the West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as for United Nations frontline workers.
The Biden administration has said 25% of reserve doses will be held in reserve for emergencies.
“As long as this pandemic rages around the world, the American people will still be vulnerable,” Biden said.
“And the United States is committed to giving the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home.”
In a briefing said: National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the US would retain control over where the vaccines went.
“We don’t try to force concessions, we don’t extort, we don’t impose conditions like other dosing countries do; we don’t do any of those things,” he said.
“These are the ones that are freely and clearly donated to these countries for the sole purpose of improving the public health situation and helping end the pandemic.”
He said Gaza was chosen because of the recent crisis there.
“We are not asking anything from the people of Gaza and the West Bank, but we believe that given the situation on the ground, it is only right and appropriate and good for the United States to actually send some doses to that country,” he said. he.