Daily US Times: President Joe Biden has announced that the United States will donate an additional 500m Covid-19 vaccine doses to middle and low-income countries across the world, bringing America’s total global donation to more than 1.1bn doses.
At a virtual coronavirus summit on Wednesday, Mr Biden outlined the plan and he urged world leaders to “go big” in tackling the coronavirus pandemic and closing the vaccination gap with poorer nations.
The meeting on the margins of the United Nations general assembly offers president Biden a chance to exercise soft power and gain an edge on rivals such as China in “vaccine diplomacy”.
Biden announced in June that the United States would buy and donate half a billion Pfizer doses to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and the African Union through the global vaccine initiative named Covax. The vaccines have begun to ship, though the logistical challenges of storage and distribution are considerable.
Biden promised more On Wednesday and urged other nations to step up.
He said: “The United States is buying another half-billion doses of Pfizer to donate to low and middle income countries around the world. This is another half-billion doses that will all be shipped by this time next year.”
Mr Biden also announced a new US-EU partnership to work more closely together on expanding global vaccination rates. The US president said the participants should commit to “donating, not selling” vaccines to low-income countries “with no political strings attached”.