US to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses globally

A medic administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at Nair Hospital in Mumbai

A medic administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at Nair Hospital in Mumbai

The administration of President Joe Biden is buying 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to distribute among other countries, USA media reported Wednesday citing people familiar with the matter.

Some 200 million doses will be given out this year and 300 million in 2022.

The donations will go through the COVAX vaccine program that distributes COVID-19 shots to low- and middle-income countries.

GAVI did not respond to a request for comment.

President Joe Biden will announce the plan Thursday ahead of the G-7 meeting in the United Kingdom.

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The White House declined to comment, but a person familiar with the deal said the White House's COVID-19 response team had been negotiating its terms over the last four weeks.

White House COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt, who is stepping down Wednesday from his role, tweeted that it was "HUGE NEWS" before deleting the link.

The United States itself has fully vaccinated more than half its entire population, and the infection rate has plummeted.

"This action sends an incredibly powerful message about America's commitment to helping the world fight this pandemic", said Tom Hart, acting chief executive of The ONE Campaign, a nonprofit working to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030.

Anthony said that the vaccines cost approximately US$15 per dose. These groups are more likely to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 due to their occupations.

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