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US pledges 500 mn doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine to poorer nations

US pledges 500 mn doses 
of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID
vaccine to poorer nations

dpa
London
To help supercharge the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the United States will purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines to 92 low and lower middle-income countries and the African Union.
President Joe Biden, who is in England as part of his high-profile European tour, is set to make the historic announcement, the White House said on Thursday.
This is the largest-ever purchase and donation of vaccines by a country to help protect people around the world from the pandemic.
Biden will also call on the world’s democracies to do their parts in contributing to the global supply of safe and effective vaccines.
The goal of today’s donation is to save lives and end the pandemic and will provide the foundation for additional actions to be announced in the coming days, the White House said.
It did not specify where will Biden make the announcement.
Biden, who landed at Cornwall Airport with his wife, Jill Biden, on Wednesday night for a week-long European tour, is set to meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson later on Thursday.
A three-day summit of the G7 leaders will kick off on Friday.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One en route Suffolk, England, that the G7 summit will make a further joint declaration on “a comprehensive plan to help end this pandemic as rapidly as possible.” The vaccines will start shipping in August. Some 200 million doses will be delivered by the end of 2021 and the remaining 300 million will be delivered in the first half of 2022.
Pfizer plans to produce these half a billion doses at their facilities in Michigan, Kansas, Missouri and Massachusetts.
The United States is using the manufacturing strength of the pharmaceutical company to help vaccinate the world after 64 per cent of adult Americans have received at least one shot of Covid-19 vaccine in just four-and-a-half months, and the country’s daily death rates have fallen sharply.

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