World Health Organization warns of 'failure' unless rich countries speed up vaccine sharing

US to give 80 mln vaccine doses to priority nations, 75% via Covax

US to give 80 mln vaccine doses to priority nations, 75% via Covax

Top American lawmakers, industry groups and Indian Americans on Thursday welcomed the decision of the Biden Administration to send 25 million doses of coronavirus vaccines to other countries, including India.

Covax has already delivered almost 80 million doses to 127 territories, with AstraZeneca shots making up 97 percent of doses supplied so far - the rest being Pfizer-BioNTech.

Of the first 19 million donated through COVAX, approximately 6 million doses will go to South and Central America, 7 million to Asia and 5 million to Africa.

"America will never be fully safe while this pandemic is raging globally".

"And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to global vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home".

National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the Korean situation was "unique".

"We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions", Biden said. He added, though, that "These are doses that are being given, donated free and clear to these countries, for the sole objective of improving the public health situation and helping end the pandemic".

Although the United States is working through COVAX co-run by the World Health Organization, the White House retains final say in which countries receive US doses and how many, said national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

Guatemalan President Giammettei stated that Harris had told him that the U.S. would be sending a total of 500,000 doses of the precious vaccines.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris by phone Thursday, thanking her for Washington's assistance. Harris is to visit Guatemala and Mexico in the coming week.

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The growing USA stockpile of COVID-19 vaccines is seen by many overseas and at home not only as a testament to America's achievement but also its global privilege. The U.S. also has announced plans to share enough shots with South Korea to vaccinate its 550,000 troops who serve alongside American service members on the peninsula.

"After making a 2,000-mile journey to California, these one million doses are being loaded into a plane that will take off for the Republic of Korea this evening, carrying hope and bringing life-saving protection to the one million South Koreans who have already signed up to get a shot", he said.

Many Latin American countries have a dire need for vaccines as they combat outbreaks.

"We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values".

"The world is looking to the USA for global leadership, and more ambition is needed", he said.

The U.S. announced the proposed allocation plan for the first 25 Million doses. The U.S. -produced doses will be available to ship as soon as they clear a safety review by the Food and Drug Administration. We first made doses available to our closest neighbors - Canada and Mexico.

Harris had herself called Modi and informed him about the vaccines, reported the Hindustan Times.

"We are seeing great commitment, the challenge is bringing those commitments forward so that June, July, August we get vaccines into folks", Bruce Aylward told a United Nations press briefing, referring to a USA plan to quickly share 25 million doses.

As part of its purchase agreements with the pharmaceutical companies, the federal government controlled the distribution of the vaccines.

The country has been in talks with drugmakers including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna on possibly manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines locally. "In the days to come, as we draw on the experience of distributing the vaccine doses announced today, we will have more details to provide about how future doses will be shared".

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