US to donate 500mn doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine worldwide

SourceSaudi Gazette
CountryMiddle east

WASHINGTON — The United States has purchased and will donate 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine worldwide as it seeks to be a key player in getting other nations vaccinated. President Joe Biden will announce the news at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, this week. Around 200 million doses will go out in 2021 and 300 million will be distributed in the first half of 2022.

Biden’s top coronavirus adviser, Jeff Zients, has been working on the deal for the last month, a person familiar said. All doses will go through COVAX, the international vaccine initiative, and will go to 92 low- and lower-income countries, in addition to the African Union. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday that in addition to the Pfizer purchase, Biden is also expected to take part in a combined announcement with the G7 on a comprehensive plan to end the pandemic. It will more...