President Joe Biden announced a “historic” US donation of half a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for 92 poorer countries, the White House said.
The United States is buying 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, including 200 million to be delivered around the world by the end of this year. The remainder will be sent out by June 2022, the White House said.
This “largest ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a single country” will “help supercharge the global fight against the pandemic,” the White House said.
Biden, who attended a G7 summit in Britain last week, also called “on the world’s global democracies to do their parts in contributing to the global supply of safe and effective vaccines.”
The US has come under criticism for sitting on huge stocks of unused vaccines, something the government says was initially necessary as a precautionary measure in its own race to get shots into the arms of Americans.