The United States has purchased 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine that it will donate to low-income countries around the world through the COVAX mechanism.
The administration of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, worked on this agreement with the drug maker last month, with talks being led by their chief advisor for COVID-19, Jeff Zients, a well-known source reported on the matter to CNN .
Of the 500 million vaccines slated to be distributed by the United States, 200 will be distributed in 2021, while the other 300 million will be administered in the first half of 2022.
All are distributed to a total of 92 low-income countries and the African Union via the international COVAX mechanism.
Biden is expected to announce his plan to aid immunization against the coronavirus in the world this Thursday during the meeting of G7 leaders in the UK. An event also used as a platform to encourage other leaders to donate more vaccines to the countries that need them, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told journalists, NBC reports.
Just a few days ago, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that Washington would distribute 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries by the end of July.