President Biden introduced Thursday night that the United States plans to donate 500 million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses globally as a part of his efforts to reassert US management on the world stage.
“America knows first-hand the tragedy of this pandemic. We’ve had more people die in the United States than anywhere in the world, nearly 600,000 of our fellow Americans,” Biden mentioned in remarks after assembly with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He added, “We know the tragedy. We also know the path to recovery.”
The transfer may even serve to counter efforts by Russia and China to use their very own state-funded vaccines to broaden their international affect.
During remarks asserting the vaccine buy, Biden underscored that there have been no strings hooked up with accepting the US-bought vaccines.
‘Let me be clear: Just as with the 80 million doses we beforehand introduced, the United States is offering these half-(billion) doses with no strings hooked up,” Biden said. “Our vaccine donations do not embody strain for favors or potential concessions. We’re doing this to save lives, to finish this pandemic. That’s it. Period.”
Administration officials suggested the move is part of a broader effort for the world’s democracies to lead the way in pandemic recovery. The effort to donate doses is also intended to encourage other US allies to step up.
“We’re additionally utilizing this announcement at present to leverage and mobilize bigger commitments from the world’s democracies, from the G7 and associate nations,” a separate senior official said, previewing a “G7 Covid-related multilateral announcement.”
At the G7 summit this weekend, the official mentioned, leaders will announce a “collective effort by the world’s democracies to beat Covid-19 for as soon as and for all.”
Here are other key things to know about the donation:
- With regards to the timeline, officials said the Pfizer doses will begin to ship in August and 200 million doses will be delivered by the end of this year.
- The remaining 300 million doses will be delivered in the first half of 2022.
- They will be manufactured in the US, the officials said, “using 1000’s of employees” in states like Michigan, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
- The cost will be around $1.5 billion, which will come from previously allocated funds in the American Rescue Plan relief package passed earlier this year.