MADRID, 9 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The United States has purchased 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, which it will donate to low-income countries around the world through the COVAX mechanism.
The Administration of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, has been working on this agreement with the drugmaker for the last month, with the talks being led by its main adviser on COVID-19, Jeff Zients, as reported by a source familiar with the matter to CNN.
Of the 500 million vaccines to be distributed by the United States, 200 will be distributed in 2021, while the other 300 million will be given throughout the first half of 2022.
All will be distributed through the international COVAX mechanism to a total of 92 low-income countries, as well as the African Union.
Biden is slated to announce his plan to help immunization against coronavirus in the world this Thursday during the G7 leaders meeting in the UK. An event that will also be used as a platform to encourage other leaders to donate more vaccines to countries that need them, according to the National Security adviser, Jake Sullivan, to journalists, reports NBC.
Just a couple of days ago, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that Washington will distribute 80 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries by the end of July.