Ninety-two lower-income countries and the African Union are set to receive a donation of 500 million more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from the United States, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
President Joe Boden was scheduled on Thursday to announce the U.S. would share the doses through the global COVAX alliance in a speech before the start of the Group of Seven (G7) summit. Enough doses to fully protect 100 million people, about 200 million, would be shared this year, and the balance would be donated in the first half of 2022, according to the AP’s source.
Global public health groups planned to use the G7 meetings in Cornwall, England, to urge the world’s richest democracies to advance vaccine sharing with the world.
Biden was praised for his administration’s leadership on global vaccine distribution.
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