Amidst the rising demand for the Covid 19 vaccines and the shortage, President of the United States Joe Biden recently announced plans to buy 500 million doses. However, he had reportedly decided to donate those with one hundred other countries over the next year.
Joe Biden Emphasizes Coordinated Multilateral Action
As per the latest reports, Joe Biden is reportedly planning to buy a total of 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid 19 vaccine. The new play reportedly initiated by the US will pay for the doses at a “not for profit” price. The vaccines obtained will then be distributed via COVAX.
COVAX is an international vaccine-sharing initiative by the World Health Organisation.
Reports suggest that the first 200 million doses of the vaccine will be distributed by the end of 2021. And another 300 million Covid 19 vaccines will be distributed by June 2022. Recently, Bidem has been facing pressure from multiple parties to aggressively address the coronavirus vaccine shortage across the globe.
Biden is all set to start his eight-day European trip. He was recently quoted saying that “we have to end Covid-19, not just at home, which we’re doing, but everywhere.”
He said that there is not a wall that is high enough to keep anyone safe from the pandemic or any other biological threat that they may face. He further emphasized on “coordinated multilateral action”.
Biden Administration Announces To Share 80 Million Covid 19 Vaccine By June 2021
Earlier this month, the Biden administration announced they would be sharing 80 million Covid 19 vaccines across the globe by the end of June. Out of these, 25 million doses will be distributed in Caribbean and Latin America; South and Southeast Asia; Africa; and the Palestinian territories, Gaza and the West Bank. The remaining vaccines of these vaccines will be distributed through COVAX.