The United States will distribute 25 million coronavirus vaccines as part of an initial package of 80 million doses that President Biden has pledged to share internationally, said US State Department coordinator Gary Smith. in coping with COVID-19 and health security She said in a talk with reporters Friday. She has no deadlines for vaccine delivery.
The United States will distribute 25 percent of that first batch bilateral, Smith said.
“It gives us more flexibility. And as we’ve seen, there’s a lot of pop-ups and flares in this pandemic. And we want to be able to move the vaccine urgently if needed,” Smith said, adding that the “current expectation” was that the vaccine would be produced by AstraZeneca.
The remaining 75% of the US first batch of vaccines will go to COVAX, an international group focused on global vaccine distribution, Smith said, adding that the Biden administration has “identified the countries we want these vaccines to go to.”
Smith said about 6 million doses will be distributed across Latin America including the Caribbean, 7 million will go to South and Southeast Asia and 5 million doses to Africa.
“This is the first round. This is just the beginning,” Smith said. She couldn’t tell when the 55 million doses of the 80 million vaccines would be delivered.
Going forward, Biden’s management will use a three-part strategy to maximize vaccine doses by sharing doses. encourage US manufacturers increase vaccine production “Within the last quarter (If not early this year and next year),” it said. The administration will work to improve global vaccine production by increasing production. “So there are more places in the world to produce and sell vaccines,” Smith said.
“Our goal is to end the epidemic and expand it as quickly as possible,” Smith said. “We are interested in doing this. Our own health security is at risk… No one is safe until we are all safe.”