The US will donate millions of excess doses of Covid-19 vaccines from its stockpile to countries around the world in an effort to fight new outbreaks of the pandemic.
The Biden administration had previously pledged to donate 80 million doses and set out on Thursday how the first 25 million of those would be allocated. South America, Africa and South and Southeast Asia will all receive millions of doses under the plans.
Joe Biden, US president, said: “The United States will be the world’s arsenal of vaccines in our joint fight against this virus. In the coming days, as we draw on the experience of distributing the vaccine doses announced today, we will be able to provide more details on how future doses will be distributed.”
According to the government’s plans, 19 million doses of vaccine will be distributed through the Covax program supported by the World Health Organization.
About 6 million of these go to South and Central America, 7 million to Asia and 5 million to Africa. Another 6 million will go to American neighbors and allies, including Mexico, Canada and South Korea.
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