US announces plans to allocate 55 million doses to be shared globally

WHO COVID-19 vaccines running out in poorer nations

WHO COVID-19 vaccines running out in poorer nations

Similar to the previously announced donation, about three-quarters of doses are being directed to COVAX, the global vaccine equity effort, and the administration is sending the rest to specific countries.

World Health Organization senior adviser Dr Bruce Aylward said the Covax programme had delivered 90 million doses to 131 countries.

The administration official said the US still plans to send AstraZeneca vaccines overseas once they've been cleared.

The distribution formula closely followed the one that the White House announced earlier this month for the first 25 million doses in the president's pledge. Of those, 14 million will go to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean; 16 million will be distributed to nations across Asia; and 10 million will be sent to countries in Africa.

China has supplied or plans to supply 120 million coronavirus vaccine doses to ASEAN members, around 4.8 times the number allocated for the region by the United States and European countries through the U.N. -backed COVAX global vaccine-sharing program, a Kyodo News tally showed Sunday.

"We have plenty of doses to share with the world, but this is a Herculean logistical challenge".

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The White House's breakdown of its allocation of the 55 million vaccine doses is below. The doses will consist of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines.

The White House said, in addition to sharing doses from its own vaccine supply, the government is also committed to working with U.S. manufacturers to produce more vaccines to share with the world.

The remaining approximately 14 million doses "will be shared with regional priorities and other recipients, such as: Colombia, Argentina, Haiti, other CARICOM countries, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Cabo Verde, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Oman, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Georgia, Moldova, and Bosnia".

The announcement, however, dials back the initial United States commitment.

The White House did not specify on Monday which vaccines it would be sharing, but people familiar with the operation have said the administration is working to swap shots made by Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for AstraZeneca's.

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