The other day when the World Health organization asked the world leaders to donate vaccines to poor countries, today The White House responded positively. The US pledged on Wednesday to buy 500 million extra COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to other nations, as it confronts mounting pressure to share its supply with the rest of the world.
“To Defeat The Pandemic Here, We Must Defeat It Everywhere,” Says Joe Biden, Who Has Pledged To Donate 500 Million Vaccine Doses.
President Joe Biden declared during a virtual summit aimed at increasing worldwide coronavirus vaccination rates and trying to encourage world leaders to do more.
“America will become the vaccination arsenal in the same way that we were the democracy arsenal during WWII. To defeat the pandemic here, we must defeat it worldwide” Biden stated as he welcomed participants from the United Kingdom, Canada, Indonesia, and South Africa, as well as World Health Organization Head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The extra included vaccines will bring US donations to more than 1.1 billion doses, which is way shorter than the 5 billion to 6 billion doses required by poor countries, as per global health experts. The new tranche will be delivered in January.
According to health experts, rich countries have not done enough, and the United States, in particular, has been chastised for planning booster shots for fully vaccinated Americans while much of the world’s population still lacks access to vaccines.
Donations alone will not suffice to put an end to this pandemic. According to Carrie Teicher, director of programs for Doctors Without Borders, the vast majority of lofty donation pledges have yet to materialize.
Leaders from developing countries have warned that wealthy countries’ vaccine hoarding could result in new coronavirus variants.
Biden indicated that the United States would provide $370 million “to support administering these doses” and more than $380 million to assist the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) in handling vaccine distribution in the most vulnerable locations.
The vaccines will be manufactured in the United States and shipped to low- and lower-middle-income countries by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE. According to a source familiar with it, the government would pay about $7 per dose.
An Ambitious Target Of 70%
As per the official, Biden would outline a “future goal, which will require all countries to crank up, so that every country, including low and middle-income ones, can reach 70% immunization before the General Assembly. While the most recent global coronavirus wave reached its peak in late August, the virus is still taking root, especially in the United States, which is officially the worst-affected country.
According to an AFP tally based on official sources, 4.7 million people have died in China since the outbreak began in December 2019. Although the most current worldwide wave crested in late August, the virus is still quickly spreading, notably in the United States, which is officially the worst-affected country.
According to an AFP count based on official statistics, 4.7 million people have died in China since the levels began to rise in December 2019.