U.S. to detail global distribution plan for 80 mln vaccine doses
In the following two weeks, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Tuesday, the United States would announce that it intends to release 80 million COVID-19 doses of vaccine it has promised globally.
In his speech with Carlos Alvarado, President of Costa Rica, the US President Joe Biden’s administration will focus on fair distribution and not tie political strings to the process, a complaint sometimes levelled against China. The US President Biden remarked in his news conference.
Blinken said on his first trip as Secretary of State to Latin America who is working to contain COVID-19 “Now in a two week period – we will announce how those vaccines are distributed, what the criteria are, how we will do it.”
“Without political requirements, we would distribute vaccines for everyone who receive them.”
Biden stated on Monday that the administration will ship at least 20 million medicines in addition to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca Plc (AZN.L) in Pfizers Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE) and Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and Jnson & Johnson (JNJ.N).
Biden is under pressure to share vaccines to prevent more outbreaks from India to Brazil, where health experts are afraid of new, more contagious forms of coronavirus that may undercut the efficacy of injections available.
Blinken said it would reveal the criteria and details of the process but that in coordinating the COVAx vaccines sharing facility, the United States will focus on equal distribution and labour.
The aid commitment is key to the administrative effort to utilise the U.S. vaccine supply as a lever to challenge China’s and Russian vaccine diplomacy, as the pandemic prospects across the United States are increasingly strong.
When questioned whether the US made a vaccine commitment on its trip to Central America or Costa Rica in particular, one senior official of the State Department indicated no specific regional or national promises had been made.
“We don’t know what the ultimate delivery will be. Much is mostly related to epidemiology and where science states that these vaccines should be dedicated to avoid further spread, “Reporters at a briefing were told by the official.
In April the White House was still considering its options in Canada, Central America and elsewhere to finish shipping vaccines, Biden who loaned some unneeded vaccines in Canada and in Mexico and donated monies into a multi-party immunisation operation.
Alvarado of Costa Rica emphasised that his country hoped for immediate news on the distribution of vaccines.
The World Bank pushed the US to release extra vaccines earlier on Tuesday.
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