WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden today announced to double its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world to 1 billion doses as he embraces the goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population within the next year.
The stepped-up U.S. Commitment marks the cornerstone of the global vaccination summit Biden convened virtually on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, where he encouraged well-off nations to do more to get the coronavirus under control.
The U.S. Purchase of another 500 million shots brings the total U.S. Vaccination commitment to more than 1.1 billion doses through 2022. About 160 million shots supplied by the U.S. Have already been distributed to more than 100 countries, representing more donations than the rest of the world combined. The remaining American doses will be distributed other the coming year.
To beat the pandemic here, we need to beat it everywhere,? Biden said. He added that with the new commitments.
For every one shot we’ve administered to date in America, we have now committed to do three shots to the rest of the world.”
The latest purchase reflects only a fraction of what will be necessary to meet a goal of vaccinating 70% of the global population – and 70% of the citizens of each nation – by next September’s U.N. Meeting.
It’s a target pushed by global aid groups that Biden threw his weight behind.
Biden is also urging other countries to do more in their vaccine sharing plans.
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