At least 43 million doses were sent to Latin American and Caribbean nations as part of the fight against the pandemic undertaken by the Joe Biden administration.
The United States assured this Thursday that it has so far donated 200 million doses of vaccines against covid-19 to more than 100 countries around the world, less than a fifth of the total of 1,100 million doses that it promised to share with other nations in the next two years.
The White House and the United States Agency for Development (USAID) celebrated the milestone in a statement. They assured, the United States advances in its goal of being "the arsenal of vaccines for the world" and to donate more doses than any other country.
"These 200 million doses of covid-19 vaccines have helped bring health and hope to millions of people, but our work is far from finished," USAID administrator Samantha Power said in the statement.
"To end the pandemic and prevent the emergence of new variants, as well as future outbreaks within our nation's borders, we must continue to do our part to vaccinate the world," he added.
Of those 200 million doses that have already been distributed, about 43 million have gone to Latin American and Caribbean countries, according to a tally by the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas. A quarter of those doses, about 10.9 million units, went to Mexico.
Other countries such as Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, Uruguay, and Paraguay also received vaccines.
According to the count above, the Dominican Republic is the only country on the continent to which the United States promised to deliver vaccines but to which doses have not yet arrived.
In all, Biden promised to buy and distribute around 1.1 billion doses of different brands worldwide between this year and next and has called on other powers to do more to speed up vaccination in developing nations.
With that commitment, Biden has tried to respond to criticism from those who warned that the accumulation of doses by the United States had impacted the inability of other countries with fewer resources to obtain sufficient vaccines in the short term.
In September, the Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, denounced as an "obscenity" and an ethical failure the inequality between the rich countries that have already immunized the majority of their population while more than 90% of Africa still awaits their first dose.
In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Guterres once again demanded a "global vaccination plan" that doubles vaccines' production and ensures that they reach 70% of the world's population in the first half of 2022.
In response, Biden announced a month ago the purchase of an additional 500 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for donation to low- and middle-income countries, bringing the total U.S. commitment to amount sharing to 1,100 with other nations.