Which countries will receive the covid-19 vaccines donated by the United States?
President Joe Biden is expected to unveil the next step in the United States’ efforts to fight the pandemic globally on Thursday, announcing that his administration donate 500 million doses of covid-19 vaccine over the next year.
The move comes after Biden had in the face of increased pressure do more to provide coronavirus vaccines to the poorest countries, such as the the global immunization effort is heavily weighted in favor of developed countries.
Biden arrived in Suffolk, England earlier today on an eight-day European trip that he hopes will reaffirm America’s place on the world stage. President said to those who gathered: “We need to end covid-19, not just at home, which we are doing, but everywhere.”
He added: “There isn’t a wall high enough to protect us from this pandemic or the next biological threat we face, and there will be more. This requires coordinated multilateral action.“
Which countries will receive covid-19 images as part of this program?
A White House declaration confirmed Biden’s intention to purchase and donate half a billion doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which will be sent to “92 low and lower middle income countries and economies as defined by Gavi COVAX Anticipated Market Engagement (AMC) and the African Union.
Biden’s administrator is expected to announce that he will purchase and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for distribution to around 92 “low and lower middle income countries” and the African Union, according to a file. information from the White House on June 10, 2021. pic.twitter.com/wZ5t1j5KRc
– NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 10, 2021
Gavi, also known as the Vaccine Alliance, is a global health partnership that aims to increase access to immunization around the world. They oversee the COVAX program which allows richer countries to donate doses of covid-19 vaccines to an approved list of 92 low- and middle-income countries:
Low income: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Dem. Rep., Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korea, Dem. Rep. People’s Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Yemen, Rep.,
Lower middle income: Angola, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo, Rep. Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Rep. Arab, El Salvador, Eswatini, Ghana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Saints, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu , Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Also eligible: Dominica, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Kosovo, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tonga, Tuvalu.
When will the vaccines be distributed?
The United States has already pledged to give 80 million doses to other countries by the end of June but this gigantic new promise will take much longer to release.
The first tranche of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines will begin shipping in August 2021, with 200 million doses delivery expected by the end of the year. The following 300 million doses will be delivered in the first half of 2022.
“These are doses not for the rich, not for the poor, not for the East, not for the West … these are doses for all.” pic.twitter.com/2DbwImpOPO
– Eurasia Group (@EurasiaGroup) June 9, 2021
the New York Times reports that the Pfizer deal was made at cost, with the pharmaceutical giants setting a “not-for-profit” price. Jeffrey D. Zients, the White House official overseeing the United States’ global immunization strategy, said Biden “Unite the democracies of the world around the resolution of this crisis on a global scale, with America leading the way in creating a vaccine arsenal that will be essential in our global fight against covid-19. “