Biden announces global donation of 500 million Covid vaccines

SourceThe National
CountryMiddle east

US President Joe Biden on Thursday announced the purchase and donation of 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine doses, bolstering America’s role in fighting the pandemic.

“America will be the arsenal of vaccines in our fight against Covid-19, just as America was the arsenal of democracy in World War II,” Mr Biden declared in a speech from the British town of St. Ives.

The purchase and donation will be the largest from any country so far and augments another 80 million doses the US plans to ship by the end of June.

Mr Biden’s speech confirmed earlier reports of the purchase, with US media more...