© Reuters file photo: A nurse develops a Pfizer biotech coronavirus vaccine (Covid-1) vaccine, part of Mission Indians’ Fernando Tatavium band in Arletta, Los Angeles, California, August 2, 2021 as part of the vaccine drive. Router / Lucy Nicholson
By Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to donate an additional 500 million Covid-1 vaccines. Pfizer According to a source familiar with the plan, Inc. (NYSE 🙂 and Biotech SE (Nasdaq 🙂 have divided countries around the world with a total of one billion doses.
President Joe Biden is hosting a virtual summit in Covid-1 on Wednesday and will probably announce new commitments then.
Earlier on Tuesday, Biden told the UN General Assembly that the United States had paid more than 15 15 billion for the global response to COVID-19 to vaccinate more than 160 million Covid-1 vaccines in other countries.
The United States has already purchased 500 million doses of Pfizer / Biotech vaccines and donated them through the global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX.
The vaccine has already reached 100 countries, Biden said, adding that he will announce additional commitments at the US-hosted global COVID-19 summit on Wednesday.
The United States is urging world leaders to end the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic, including ensuring that 20% of the world’s population is vaccinated by this time in 2022, according to a draft U.S. document seen by Reuters.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping reiterated in a statement to the UNGA on Tuesday that China aims to supply the world with 2 billion Covid-1 vaccine doses by the end of the year.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi have criticized plans to give booster shots to rich countries while many in the developing world are irresistible.
“Rich countries stockpile life-saving vaccines, while poor countries wait for a strategy,” Duterte said in his speech to the General Assembly. “They’re talking booster shots now, when developing countries consider half the level.
“It’s unbelievably tragic,” he said, adding that the emphasis on the epidemic would not end unless the virus was defeated everywhere.
Speaking to the Asia Society think tank, Mercedes stressed the need to ban the export of vaccine-making materials, saying “it is vital to have a safe and affordable vaccine.”
U.S. regulators may approve a Pfizer booster shot this week for biotech vaccines for the elderly and some high-risk Americans, a time the government will launch them by Friday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve at least a third shot for the group, with advisers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scheduled to meet Wednesday.
As the gap between vaccination in rich and poor countries widens, the World Health Organization has repeatedly called on the United States and other rich countries to stop booster plans and to use those doses to vaccinate many people around the world to take their first shots.
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