"Not On Track Yet": WHO Warns Of COVAX's Global Vaccine Shortfall

Katie Ramirez
June 5, 2021

Covax has already delivered almost 80 million doses to 127 territories, with AstraZeneca shots making up 97 percent of doses supplied so far - the rest being Pfizer-BioNTech.

The US has agreed to provide some 1 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to South Korea as a result of Biden's May 21 summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington. Officials say a quarter of the nation's excess will be kept in reserve for emergencies and for the U.S.to share directly with allies and partners.

The millions of doses, of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, will be apportioned out to nations around the globe, including Canada and Mexico and nations in Central and South America, as well as Africa and Asia.

"Strong American leadership is essential to ending this pandemic now, and to strengthening global health security for tomorrow.The United States will be the world's arsenal of vaccines in our shared fight against this virus", President Biden said in a statement.

The administration was committed to bringing the same urgency to worldwide vaccination efforts that it demonstrated at home, he added. To date, Mexico and Canada have received a combined 4.5 million doses, with the USA loaning Canada 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford doses in March. "These are doses being donated free and clear to these countries for the sole goal of improving the public health situation", he said.

Guatemalan President Giammettei stated that Harris had told him that the United States would be sending a total of 500,000 doses of the precious vaccines. The leader of Mexico, Manuel Lopez Obrador, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Indian President Narendra Modi and PM Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago have been informed by Harris that their nations will be recipients of the vaccines soon.

The growing US stockpile of COVID-19 vaccines is seen not only as a testament to American ingenuity, but also its privilege. For doses shared through COVAX, the United States will prioritize Latin America and the Caribbean, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa, in coordination with the African Union. The U.S. has also announced plans to share enough shots with South Korea to vaccinate its 550,000 troops who serve alongside American service members on the peninsula. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said that 1 million Johnson & Johnson doses were being shipped to South Korea Thursday.

Share 75% of these vaccines through COVAX.

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"We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values".

Tom Hart the, acting CEO of The ONE Campaign, called the Thursday announcement a "welcome step" but said the Biden administration needs to commit to sharing more doses.

Philanthropist Bill Gates said: "High-income countries have reserved more vaccines than they need".

The doses, which were produced in the United States, have been held up, unable to be exported, because the AstraZeneca vaccine is still being reviewed by the US' Food and Drug Administration. We first made doses available to our closest neighbors - Canada and Mexico.

On Thursday, the White House said 19 million doses out of the 25 million of the first tranche will be sent to the COVAX facility while the remaining seven million will be allocated to the following countries: Philippines, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan and the Pacific Islands.

As part of its purchase agreements with the pharmaceutical companies, the federal government controlled the distribution of the vaccines.

The sharing of millions of US vaccines with other countries signals a major commitment by the USA government.

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