The United States will buy half a billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for poorer countries, US President Joe Biden said on Thursday during his stay in the UK. It is a preparation of the Pfizer company, which will be distributed to 92 countries. – Our donations do not go hand in hand with pressure for favors or potential concessions. We are doing it to save lives – emphasized the American leader.
President of the USA Joe Biden who is visiting Europe, it said on Thursday that the United States will buy 500 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for poorer countries. Biden said the slides “will start shipping in August as soon as they come off the production line.” The White House made it clear on Twitter that these would be Pfizer vaccines and would be given to 92 low and middle income countries. “This historic step will save millions of lives,” it was written.
“We are doing it to save lives”
As Biden said at Thursday’s conference, “The United States is providing these half a billion doses without any obligations.” – Our donations do not go hand in hand with pressure for favors or potential concessions. We do it to save lives – he emphasized.
The president has promised America will be a vaccine arsenal to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. – Just like during World War II, America was the arsenal of democracy – he assessed. “We will lead the world out of this pandemic,” he added, quoted by Reuters.
Earlier on Wednesday, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that Biden was involved in sharing vaccines as “it is in the interests of public health and the US’s strategic interests.” This is to show that “democracies are best placed to provide solutions to people all over the world,” he added.
Pfizer: we’ll deliver the vaccines
Pfizer and German partner BioNTech previously announced on Thursday that they agreed to provide the US government with 500 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be passed on to poorer countries over the next two years.
The two drugmakers will deliver 200 million doses in 2021 and 300 million doses in the first half of 2022, which the United States will then distribute to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union. Deliveries of 200 million doses will begin in August 2021 and will continue for the remainder of the year, while 300 million doses for 2022 are expected to be delivered between January and the end of June.
The vaccines to be produced at Pfizer’s US manufacturing facilities will be shipped at a non-profit price. “Our partnership with the US government will help deliver hundreds of millions of doses of our vaccine to the poorest countries around the world as soon as possible,” said Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. Both companies said it was part of a previously announced pledge to deliver two billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to low- and middle-income countries over the next 18 months.
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