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US to donate 500 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses globally: Report

US to donate 500 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses globally: Report

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US to donate 500 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses globally: Report

The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to about 100 countries over the next two years, three ...

GAVI did not respond to a request for comment.US President Joe Biden will announce the deal on Thursday at the Group of Seven meeting of the world's wealthiest countries in Britain, one of the people said.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe deal was negotiated over the past four weeks by White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and the coronavirus task force team, one of the sources said.

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CNBC reported on Wednesday that the United States is also talking with Moderna Inc about buying some of its shots to donate to other countries.A Moderna spokesperson said the company is interested in possibly providing the US government with COVID-19 shots to give to low- and middle-income countries but declined to comment on any discussions.

The White House and Pfizer declined to comment.AdvertisementThe US president told reporters before boarding Air Force One for Britain that he had a global vaccine strategy and would be announcing it but did not offer details.The White House has been under mounting pressure to boost donations of COVID-19 shots to other countries.

The United States has given at least one shot to around 64 per cent of its adult population and has begun vaccinating adolescents, while other countries like Brazil and India are struggling to get desperately needed doses."This action sends an incredibly powerful message about America’s commitment to helping the world fight this pandemic," said Tom Hart, acting chief executive of The ONE Campaign, a nonprofit working to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030.

READ: Commentary: Vaccine politics could hamper a COVID-19 recoveryThe administration is also using the US vaccine supply as a tool to counter Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy.The Biden administration had said it would share 80 million vaccine doses worldwide by the end of June. The White House earlier this year also pledged US$4 billion to COVAX and urged other countries to boost donations as well.

Pfizer has said it expects to produce as many as 3 billion COVID-19 shots in 2021 and upwards of 4 billion next year.The New York Times reported that the United States will buy the doses at a"not-for-profit" price, citing people familiar with the deal. They also reported that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla will accompany Biden during the announcement.

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US expected to provide 500m Pfizer doses to 100 nations

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