USA to buy 500 mn Pfizer jabs, share with lower income countries

Tanya Simon
June 10, 2021

"Rather than more lucrative transactions with very profitable pharmaceutical corporations, we need a transformation toward more distributed vaccine manufacturing so that qualified producers worldwide can produce billions more low-priced doses on their own terms, without intellectual property constraints".

The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to almost 100 countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

Biden last month broke with European allies to endorse waiving intellectual property rules at the World Trade Organization to promote vaccine production and equity.

President Joe Biden will announce the news at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, this week, the person said. Moderna did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Biden hinted at the announcement before boarding Air Force One bound for Britain to meet with leaders with the Group of 7 nations.

This study is also among the first to show that mRNA vaccination benefits people who get COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated or partially vaccinated.

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Bonnie Henry, said that just under 50,000 doses of vaccine were administered on Monday and 31,262 of those were second doses. The number of people battling COVID-19 in hospital increased slightly on Tuesday to 203, with 57 patients in intensive care.

Asked if he had a vaccine strategy for the world, he said: "I have one and I'll be announcing it".

The administration is also using the US vaccine supply as a tool to counter Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy.

Sullivan said Wednesday that he does not expect the USA push to waive the patents on vaccines to cause tension with European counterparts. The White House earlier this year also pledged $4 billion to COVAX and urged other countries to boost donations as well.

Anand says the federal government has so far delivered 31-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the provinces and territories.

The Times said Biden would appear with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla to make the announcement.

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