US directs millions of COVID-19 shots to Latin America, Africa, Asia

Grant Boone
June 22, 2021

It only gave estimates for regions in general.

The big picture: President Biden and G7 leaders have pledged to send 1 billion doses to the developing world, including 500 million from the US alone.

"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".

Only about 5 percent of Pakistan's roughly 216 million residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to Our World in Data, which tracks publicly available figures. "This is a Herculean logistical challenge".

On a continental level, only 40 million doses have been administered so far in Africa - less than 2% of the population, Mr Ramaphosa said.

Africa (approximately 10 million shots): Recipient countries will be selected in coordination with the African Union. Production problems at an Emergent BioSolutions factory in Baltimore have forced the administration to revise its initial plan to rely heavily on AstraZeneca's vaccine for that donation.

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In addition, the White House on Monday announced approximately 16 million doses of the vaccines to the following Asian countries: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Maldives, Bhutan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Cambodia, and the Pacific Islands.

14 million doses, or 25% of the next batch, will be shared directly with "regional priorities" in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, such as Afghanistan, the West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Georgia and more.

Those are included in the 55 million remaining shots out of the 80 million doses that US President Joe Biden pledged to allocate by the end of June "in service of ending the pandemic globally".

"We have announced today where these doses are going". "In addition, the United States is committed to expanding local production of vaccines, and through our Quad partnership and the International Development Finance Corporation's support for vaccine manufacturing, more than 1 billion (100 cr) doses will be produced in Africa and India in 2021 and 2022", it said.

The White House did not specify on Monday which vaccines it would be sharing, but people familiar with the operation have said the administration is working to swap shots made by Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson for AstraZeneca's.

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