Washington – President Biden speaks on the COVID-19 vaccination schedule on Thursday as his administration prepares to purchase 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for global supply, after what he called “very productive” meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Mr Biden’s speech crowns the end of his first full day in the UK, where he landed for the Group of 7 summit on Wednesday. It is his first trip outside the US since joining the United States. function in January.
The White House announced Thursday that it will purchase 500 million doses of the two-shot vaccine from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech to donate to the global supply, which is enough to fully immunize 250 million people against the COVID-19. The United States will deliver 200 million doses by the end of the year and the remaining 300 million doses in the first half of 2022, according to the White House. Vaccines will start shipping in August.
The doses will be distributed through COVAX, the global initiative to ensure equitable access to coronavirus tests and vaccines, and donated to 92 low- and middle-income countries and the African Union.
Senior administration officials told reporters that the Biden administration would use the $ 2 billion already pledged to COVAX to pay for the Pfizer shots, while the remaining $ 1.5 billion would come from money already available in the US bailout, the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan promulgated in March.
Mr Biden has already pledged to donate at least 80 million doses of the vaccine from the U.S. supply by the end of June.