President Biden announced on Thursday evening that the United States plans to donate 500 million pfizer covid-19 vaccine globally as part of its efforts to re-establish American leadership.
“America knows firsthand the tragedy of this pandemic. More people have died than anywhere else in the world, nearly 600,000 of our fellow Americans,” Biden said in remarks after a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“We know the tragedy. We also know the way out,” he said.
The move will also serve to counter attempts by Russia and China to use their own state-funded vaccines to expand their global influence.
During remarks announcing the purchase of the vaccine, Biden emphasized that there was no strings attached to accepting the vaccines purchased by the US.
“Let me be clear: Just as the 80 million doses we announced earlier, the United States is providing half of these (billion) doses without a wire,” Biden said. “Our vaccine donations don’t involve pressure for favors or potential concessions. We’re doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic. That’s it. Duration.”
Administration officials suggested the move was part of a broader effort for the world’s democracies to recover from the pandemic. The effort to donate supplements is also to encourage other US allies to step up.
A separate senior official said, “We are using this announcement today to leverage and mobilize great commitments from the world’s democracies, from the G7 and partner countries,” previewing a “Multilateral Declaration on the G7 COVID-19” doing.
At the G7 summit later this week, the official said, the leaders will announce a “collective effort by the world’s democracies to defeat COVID-19 once and for all”.
Here are other important things to know about charity:
- With regard to timelines, officials said Pfizer’s dosing will begin in August and 200 million doses will be supplied by the end of this year.
- The remaining 300 million doses will be delivered in the first half of 2022.
- In states such as Michigan, Connecticut and Massachusetts that “employ thousands of workers” officials said they would be manufactured in the US.
- The cost will be about $1.5 billion, which will come from funds already allocated in the US Rescue Plan relief package passed earlier this year.