President Biden announced Thursday evening that the United States Plans to donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine worldwide. as part of his efforts to assert US leadership. on the world stage again
“America knows firsthand the tragedy of this epidemic. We have more deaths in the United States than anywhere else in the world, nearly 600,000 in our America,” Biden said in remarks after meeting Prime Minister Boris. England’s Johnson
He added that “We already know the tragedy. We also know the path to recovery.”
The move will also help counter efforts by Russia and China to use state-funded vaccines to expand global influence.
During the speech announcing the purchase of vaccines Biden has emphasized that there are no commitments. with the adoption of vaccines bought by the US
̵6;Let me be clear: Like the 80 million doses we announced earlier, the United States is giving away half (billion) of these drugs with no obligation,” Biden said. favor or concessions that may arise We are doing this to save lives. to end this pandemic. That’s it. Period.”
Administration officials suggest the move is part of a broader effort for global democracy to lead the way in recovery from the epidemic. Drug donation effort aims to encourage other U.S. allies to step up
“Today we are using this declaration to raise and mobilize a bigger commitment from global democracy, from the G7 and partner countries,” said a senior official. ready to preview “Multilateral declaration relating to the G7”
At this weekend’s G7 Summit Officials said the leaders would make an announcement. “The collective effort of world democracy to defeat Covid-19 once and for all.”
other important things Here are some things to know about donations:
- In the timeline Officials say Pfizer doses will begin shipping in August and will deliver 200 million doses by the end of the year.
- The remaining 300 million doses will be delivered in the first half of 2022.
- Officials said they would be made in the United States. It “employs thousands of workers” in states like Michigan, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
- The cost will be about $1.5 billion, which will come from funds previously earmarked in the American Rescue Plan’s relief package passed earlier this year.
Read more about Biden’s announcement here.