Biden administration to send 25 million doses of U.S. vaccines overseas

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The White House unveiled the allocation for sharing the first 25 million doses with the world.

Overall, the White House aims to share 80 million doses globally by the end of this month, mostly through Covax. One quarter of the US' excess doses will be kept in abeyance, however, in order to deal with emergencies and to be shared directly with its allies and partners, according to officials. "As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable".

According to the United States plan, of its first 25 million doses, about seven million are allocated for Asia, especially India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Taiwan.

The funds will allow COVAX to secure 1.8 billion fully subsidized doses for delivery to lower-income countries in 2021 and early 2022, enough to protect 30% of adults there, GAVI said in a statement. The first tranche of vaccines will be distributed through the United Nations-backed COVAX program, according to the White House.

For Southeast Asian countries, it is a "symbolically important" first step, but the dose shipments are a "drop in the bucket" compared to what is needed in the region, said Alex Feldman, head of the U.S. -ASEAN Business Council, a lobbying group.

The growing USA stockpile of COVID-19 vaccines is seen not only as a testament to American ingenuity, but also its privilege.

The U.S. has announced it will start increasing how much of its stockpile of COVID-19 vaccine with the world through the worldwide vaccine sharing initiative COVAX. But the figure is an indication of the US glut Biden has to work with.

"We are going to need twice that much and it's got to be brought forward", he said, referring to the size of wealthy country donations so far as G7 health ministers meet in Oxford. Some vaccines have expiry dates as soon as the end of June, it has been reported by Politico. But Canada and the United Kingdom are the only two G7 countries which bought doses from COVAX as well as donated money to buy doses for lower income nations.

US-based vaccine manufacturers such as Pfizer and Moderna have European branches and are producing vaccines there for European distribution.

However, Bruce Aylward said on Friday that only a small portion of those doses will be available in the short-term in June, July and August when they can make a difference in slowing the pace of infections in the global pandemic.

The offer comes as Canada's vaccine rollout is nearing the best in the world, and at the same time as pressure is mounting on the Canadian government to start sharing some of its COVID-19 vaccines as well.

As part of its purchase agreements with drug manufacturers, the USA controlled the initial production by its domestic manufacturers. It is only now that Pfizer and Moderna have begun to export vaccines produced in the United States to overseas customers. It has also sold many more: 732 million doses in all, including nearly 291 million to the Asia-Pacific and slightly more than 281 million to Latin America.

The White House also announced Thursday that it is lifting restrictions on sharing vaccines produced by AstraZeneca, as well as Sanofi and Novavax, which are also not authorized in the USA, allowing the companies to determine themselves where to share their doses.

He emphasized Biden's point that the not "extorting or asking concessions or imposing conditions", and included an apparent slight, "the way other countries who are providing doses are doing". U.S. vaccines are far safer and more effective than those coming out of China or Russia, Romney said. The U.S. -produced doses have been held up for export by an ongoing safety review by the Food and Drug Administration, said Zients.



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