WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The White House on Monday (June 21) laid out a plan to share 55 million US Covid-19 vaccine doses globally, with roughly 75 per cent of the doses allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the Covax international vaccine-sharing program.
The plan fulfills President Joe Biden’s commitment to share 80 million US-made vaccines with countries around the world.
The president sketched out his priorities for the first 25 million doses from that pledge earlier this month.
“As we continue to fight the Covid-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world,” the White House said in a statement.
Of the 55 million remaining doses, some 41 million would be shared through Covax, the White House said, with approximately 14 million going to Latin America and the Caribbean, some 16 million to Asia, and roughly 10 million to Africa.
The other 25 per cent, or roughly 14 million doses, would be shared with “regional priorities,” including Colombia, Argentina, Iraq, Ukraine, the West Bank and Gaza. “For all of these doses, those most at risk, such as health care workers, should be prioritised, based on national vaccine plans,” the White House said.
As greater numbers of people get vaccinated in the United States, the Biden administration has turned its focus increasingly to shipping vaccines abroad. International partners are eager to get even more.