In what he called “a major step that will supercharge the global fight” against the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden announced that the United States would purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to donate to nearly 100 countries that are “dire In need” around the world.
The president, speaking in St Ives, England, said vaccines would begin to be shipped in August, with 200 million doses distributed this year. Three hundred million will be distributed in the first half of 2022, Biden said.
“We’re doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic, that’s it. Period,” he said.
Biden highlighted the United States’ vaccination progress, saying the program has “saved tens of thousands of lives.”
“It has allowed millions, millions of Americans to live their lives. And from the beginning of my presidency, we were clear that we need to attack this virus globally as well. It’s about our responsibility,” Biden said.
“In this moment, our values tell us to do everything we can to vaccinate the world against COVID-19. It’s also in America’s selfishness. As long as the virus spreads elsewhere, There is a risk of new mutations that could endanger our people,” he said.
Biden said the G7 nations will announce the “full scope” of their commitment tomorrow and added that US vaccine donations are “not the end of our efforts to fight Covid-19 or to vaccinate the world.”
“We have to turn manufactured supplements into weapons to protect people and communities,” he said. “That’s why the United States is already providing hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to support last-minute vaccination efforts, including new funding from Congress as part of the US rescue plan. and Latin America.” , working with programs in Asia and Africa. Going to keep manufacturing doses. Donating supplements. Getting jabs, as they say here in the UK, in arms.”