US President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that as more and more Americans are vaccinated, global inequality has become more obvious. The US will donate 75% of its unused Covid-19 vaccine to Covax Global, which is supported by the United Nations. Vaccine sharing plan.
The White House announced a grant for sharing the first 25 million doses of vaccine with the world as part of its plan to share 80 million doses globally by the end of June. The government stated that it will reserve 25% for emergency use for the United States to share directly with allies and partners.
Biden said in a statement: “As long as this pandemic rages anywhere in the world, the American people will remain vulnerable.” “And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency that we demonstrated at home to international vaccination efforts. “
The White House stated that of the first batch of 25 million doses, about 19 million doses will be used for Covax, of which about 6 million doses will be used in South and Central America, 7 million doses will be used in Asia, and 5 million doses will be used in Africa. These doses represent a significant and immediate boost to the lagging Covax work, which has so far only shared 76 million doses with countries in need.
US National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan stated that the United States “will reserve the right to determine the final destination of doses distributed through Covax.” “We are not seeking concessions, we are not extorting, we are not imposing conditions like other countries that provide doses; we are not doing these things,” Sullivan said. “These are doses provided and donated free of charge to these countries. The sole purpose is to improve public health and help end the pandemic.”
The remaining 6 million will be allocated by the White House to U.S. allies and partners, including Mexico, Canada and South Korea, West Bank and Gaza, India, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen, and the United Nations frontline staff member.
When the long-awaited vaccine sharing plan came out, the demand for vaccines in the United States had dropped significantly — more than 63% of adults received at least one dose — and global supply inequality became more pronounced.
Many countries require the United States to provide doses, but so far only Mexico and Canada have received 4.5 million doses in total. The United States also announced plans to share enough vaccines with South Korea to vaccinate its 550,000 soldiers serving with American soldiers on the peninsula.
The growing stock of Covid-19 vaccines in the United States is seen by many overseas and domestic as a testament to America’s achievements and a testament to its global privileges.
The White House also announced that it will remove restrictions on sharing vaccines produced by AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Novax. These vaccines are also not authorized in the United States, allowing these companies to decide where to share vaccines.