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  • President Biden announced Thursday the United States will donate 25 million of its unused COVID-19 vaccine doses with the rest of the world, with 75 percent going to the global vaccine sharing plan COVAX.
  • The White House said in a statement that out of these doses, it plans to distribute nearly 19 million through the vaccine-sharing plan.
  • The U.S., to date, has shared a total of 4.5 million doses, which it doled out to Mexico and Canada.

President Biden announced Thursday the United States will donate 25 million of its unused COVID-19 vaccine doses with the rest of the world, with 75 percent going to the global vaccine sharing plan COVAX. 

The White House said in a statement that out of these doses, it plans to distribute nearly 19 million through the vaccine-sharing plan, including “approximately 6 million doses for Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 7 million for South and Southeast Asia, and approximately 5 million for Africa.” 

“As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable,” Biden said in a statement. “And the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home.”


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U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the U.S. will still have the right to determine where the doses go, adding that the U.S. is “not seeking to extract concessions,” extorting, or “imposing conditions the way that other countries who are providing doses are doing,” The Associated Press (AP) reported.

“These are doses that are being given, donated free and clear to these countries, for the sole purpose of improving the public health situation and helping end the pandemic.”

The U.S., to date, has shared a total of 4.5 million doses, which it doled out to Mexico and Canada, according to AP. The president previously committed to sharing all 60 million doses of the nation’s AstraZeneca vaccines. 


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Published on Jun 03, 2021