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Biden Pledges A Donation of 500 Million Vaccines to Less Fortunate Countries

USA President Joe Biden

“These half a billion vaccines will start to be shipped in August, as quickly as they roll off the manufacturing line.”

Joe Biden

Ahead of the annual G-7 Summit taking place in Britain, The United States President Joe Biden, has come out to formally announce that the country will be pledging a donation of 500 Billion Pfizer vaccines across the globe, focusing mainly on assisting disadvantaged countries.

Addressing the public in Cornwall on Thursday, Biden went on to affirm that, “These half a billion vaccines will start to be shipped in August, as quickly as they roll off the manufacturing line,” adding that 200 million doses would be delivered by the end of this year and 300 million in the first half of 2022.

Biden said the donation, will be made with no strings attached.


“Tomorrow, G-7 nations will be announcing the full scope of our commitment,” Biden said.

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COVAX

The doses, delivered by the U.S. through COVAX, the U.N. vaccine-sharing mechanism, are in addition to the 80 million already committed by the U.S. to be delivered by the end of June. In addition, the U.S. has given $2 billion to COVAX.

The U.S. initially pledged an additional $2 billion for COVAX but is now redirecting the money to help pay for the 500 million donated doses, which has an estimated cost of $3.5 billion. – Source: VOA News

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