US directs millions of COVID-19 shots to Latin America, Africa, Asia

The US is donating vaccines to several countries

The plan fulfills President Joe Biden's commitment to share 80 million USA -made vaccines with countries around the world.

Ramaphosa said that across Africa, only 40 million doses had been administered so far - less than 2% of the continent's population. The White House fact sheet on Monday did not provide exact figures for how many doses would be sent to each country.

Africa (approximately 10 million shots): Recipient countries will be selected in coordination with the African Union.

For these 8 crore doses, the United States will share 75 per cent through COVAX and 25 per cent will be targeted to help deal with surges around the world.

The delay has been due in part to a stockpile of 60 million AstraZeneca doses that he'd planned to donate, and that were meant to make up the bulk of the 80 million and begin shipping in May. President Biden made that pledge earlier this month at a summit of major economic powers, known as the G7 (Group of Seven).

"For all of these doses, those most at risk, such as health care workers, should be prioritized, based on national vaccine plans", the White House said.

The first tranche included the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, but it was not immediately clear what the second tranche would comprise. AstraZeneca's vaccine has not been approved by federal regulators, CNN reported.

Asia (approximately 16 million shots): India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bhutan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Cambodia and the Pacific Islands.

The other 25%, or roughly 14 million doses, would be shared with "regional priorities", including Colombia, Argentina, Iraq, Ukraine, the West Bank and Gaza.

As CNN reported, the administration will be distributing 55 million doses of Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer's vaccines overseas, most of which will be J&J and Moderna.

"We have announced today where these doses are going".

The numbers were compiled Friday by Kyodo News based on data from Gavi, an alliance of governments, global organizations, companies and charities that promote the COVAX program in cooperation with the World Health Organization, as well as from Association of Southeast Asian Nations governments.

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