White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced during her daily press conference, adding that Vietnam would also receive two million doses of Moderna's injectable this week.
On Tuesday, the White House confirmed that Guatemala would receive this week 1.5 million doses of Moderna's vaccine against COVID-19 donated by the United States to contain the pandemic.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced during her daily press conference, adding that Vietnam would also receive two million doses of Moderna's injectable this week, also donated by Washington.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei had already announced on June 25 that in 10 days, 1.5 million doses of vaccines donated by the United States would arrive in the country, a deadline that ended on Monday.
Guatemala is the eighth Latin American country to receive a vaccine donation within the 80 million doses that President Joe Biden has promised to share with other countries. More than 20 million will go to Latin American and Caribbean nations.
Before Guatemala, the United States has donated 1.5 million vaccines to El Salvador, another 1.5 million to Honduras, 1.3 million to Mexico, 3 million doses to Brazil, 2 million to Peru, 2.5 million to Colombia, and 1 million to Ecuador, a country that will receive another million more vaccines this month.
Both the donation to El Salvador and that of Honduras - also of Moderna vaccines - were sent through the Covax platform of the World Health Organization (WHO), while Guatemala and the rest of the countries are direct deliveries from the USA.
The White House chooses the "fastest" delivery method to deliver the vaccines to each nation, an official source explained to the EFE agency.
"We do not share these doses to extract favors or concessions. Our vaccines do not arrive with conditions. We are doing this for the sole purpose of saving lives, "said a White House official who consulted with the EFE last week.
In addition to the countries that have already received batches, the White House has promised to donate vaccines to Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Panama, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and other nations of the Caribbean Community (Caricom).
In addition to the 80 million doses promised by the White House and another 60 million AstraZeneca vaccines distributed in May, Biden revealed in June that the US had purchased an additional 500 million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech it will deliver to nearly 100 countries. In the next two years.