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US 'to donate 500mn Pfizer shots'

2021-06-10 HKT 08:52
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  • Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, arrive in Cornwall for the G7 Summit. Photo: AP
    Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, arrive in Cornwall for the G7 Summit. Photo: AP
The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The United States is likely to distribute 200 million shots this year and another 300 million in the first half of next year to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union, they said.

The donations will go through the Covax vaccine program that distributes Covid-19 shots to low- and middle-income countries. The programme is led by the World Health Organisation and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi).

Gavi did not respond to a request for comment.

US President Joe Biden will announce the deal on Thursday at the Group of Seven meeting of the world's wealthiest countries in Britain, one of the people said.

The deal was negotiated over the past four weeks by White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and the coronavirus task force team, one of the sources said.

CNBC reported on Wednesday that the United States is also talking with Moderna about buying some of its shots to donate to other countries.

A Moderna spokesperson said the company is interested in possibly providing the US government with Covid-19 shots to give to low- and middle-income countries but declined to comment on any discussions.

The White House and Pfizer declined to comment.

The US president told reporters before boarding Air Force One for Britain that he had a global vaccine strategy and would be announcing it but did not offer details. (Reuters)