The United States has detailed how to distribute 55 million vaccines against the coronavirus in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Joe Biden promised that the country "will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world." More than 40 million doses will be distributed through the COVAX mechanism. Which countries are considered "regional priorities?
The United States on Monday unveiled plans to distribute 55 million doses of the corona virus worldwide, with approximately 75% of the dose allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the International Covax Vaccine Exchange Program.
The plan fulfills President Joe Biden's commitment to share 80 million American-made vaccines with countries worldwide. The American head of state outlined his priorities for the first 25 million doses of that commitment earlier this month.
As we fight the COVID-19 epidemic at home and work to eradicate the epidemic around the world, President Biden has promised that the United States will be a vaccine weapon for the world." The White House said in a statement.
According to the remaining 55 million doses, about 41 million will be distributed through COVAX of the United States government. About 14 million will go to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 16 million to Asia, and about 10 million to Africa.
The remaining 25%, that is, some 14 million doses, would be distributed among "regional priorities," such as Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Haiti, Iraq, Ukraine, Tunisia, the West Bank, and Gaza. "For all of these doses, priority should be given to those most at risk, such as healthcare workers, based on national vaccination plans," the White House noted.
Through the COVAX program, promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Latin America and the Caribbean will receive about 14 million vaccines distributed among the following countries: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti and other countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Costa Rica.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged on Monday that the government's goal of sending those doses before July could not be met. " We have many doses to share with the world, but this is a Herculean logistical challenge," said the official at her daily press conference.
Of the 80 million promised by Biden, 25 began to be delivered earlier this month. An additional مل 55 million remains to be allocated, which will be "distributed as soon as possible," Pesky insisted, without offering a specific timetable.
The 16 million doses for the Asian continent will be destined for India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bhutan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Cambodia, and the Pacific islands.
In the case of Africa, the countries receiving almost 10 million vaccines will be chosen in coordination with the African Union, a regional body.
For their part, through direct distribution, the recipient nations will be Colombia, Argentina, Haiti, other CARICOM countries, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Cape Verde, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Oman, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Georgia, Moldova, Bosnia.
The shared vaccines are part of those approved for internal use in the United States - those from Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson - and are in addition to another 60 million doses that Washington already donated in May from AstraZeneca, which has not yet received. The go-ahead from US regulators.
In addition to those two large donations, Biden revealed last week at the G7 summit that the United States had purchased an additional 500 million Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines that it will deliver to nearly 100 countries over the next two years.