In what he called a “major step that will energize the global fight” against the Covid-19 pandemic, President Biden announced that the United States would purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for donation to nearly 100 nations that are “in need” around the world.
Vaccines will begin shipping in August, with 200 million doses to be delivered this year, the president said during a speech in St. Ives, England. Three hundred million will be delivered in the first half of 2022, Biden said.
“We’re doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic, that’s all. Period,” he said.
Biden highlighted the progress of vaccination in the United States, saying the program had “saved tens of thousands of lives.”
“It has enabled millions, millions of Americans to get their lives back on track. And since I began my presidency, we’ve been clear that we need to attack this virus globally as well. ‘This is our responsibility,’ Biden mentioned.
“At the moment, our values call on us to do everything to vaccinate the world against Covid-19. It is also in America’s interest. As long as the virus is rife elsewhere, there is a risk of further mutations that could threaten our people, ”he said.
Biden said the G7 countries will announce “the full extent” of their commitment tomorrow and he noted that the US vaccine donation is not “the end of our efforts to fight Covid-19 or vaccinate the world” .
“We have to turn the manufactured doses into gunfire to protect people and communities,” he said. “This is why the United States is already providing hundreds of millions of dollars to support last-minute immunization efforts, including new Congressional funding as part of the US bailout. And by working with programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa. We’re gonna keep manufacturing doses. Give doses. Get jabs, as they say here in the UK, in arms. “
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