Joe Biden and his administration have taken a decision of exporting the Covid-19 vaccination shots to other countries. The Biden cabinet will be purchasing about 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. Notably, this supply of covid-19 will provide enough shots to fully vaccinate 250 million people, worldwide.
The White House Officials said that The USA has decided to export about 200 million doses, by the end of this year. Further, the officials stated that by the first half of 2022 about 300 million doses will be exported. All the proceedings to be followed for this vaccine export will be done by the COVAX. Significantly, COVAX is the global entity that ensures equitable access to COVID testing and vaccines. The vaccination doses will be given to 92 low- and middle-income countries and the African Union. The White House said that the shipping of the vaccines will begin by August.
The leaders of the Global Health Union have been stepping up their criticism in recent weeks of countries. Thus, they claim that the country has elected to use their vaccine supply to give shots to children and other residents at low risk of severe disease within their borders. Also, the leaders have warned that taking such a decision would come “at the expense of health workers and high-risk groups in other countries.”
In a letter, UNICEF wrote to G7 leaders ahead of the summit and warned that COVAX was already facing an immediate shortfall of 190 million doses. Also, they have urged countries to make “urgent donations by August and to set out a roadmap to scale up donations as supplies increase.” The COVAX aims to deliver about 2 billion doses of vaccine by 2021.
This step of purchasing the 500 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine can be the greatest contribution by the U.S. to end the pandemic. However, the White House officials have already committed to supply more than 80 million vaccine shots, globally.