The United States is planning to buy millions more doses of Pfizer vaccine to distribute around the world, according to a report, a move that will strengthen hopes of immunizing the world beyond the Western Hemisphere.
The move, the details of which were leaked on Friday and reported by Washington PostCome ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting next week to address the issue of global vaccine supply.
An official announcement is expected early next week on the deal with Pfizer to distribute 500 million doses of the vaccine through the Covax initiative, following an existing agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO), which was announced in June. Was declared.
In a statement last week, the WHO said it expected to fall short of its target of delivering 2 billion doses to low- and middle-income countries by the end of the year, with deliveries 30 percent lower than forecast.
The WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called on the United States and other wealthy countries to hold off on administering third – or so-called “booster” shots – while low- and middle-income countries struggle to access doses .
He said last week that countries should wait at least until the end of the year, which would give all countries a chance to reach at least 40 percent vaccination. The United States, which has faced calls to delay giving booster shots, is due to start doing so next week.
Meanwhile, in Africa, only 3 percent of the continent’s population has received a vaccine, and many countries have struggled to secure supplies, while wealthy nations – including the US and EU states – have Billions of doses have been received.
According to PostThe White House will also announce on Friday that it will host a virtual summit next week on the issue of global vaccine supply, which will be attended by world leaders and health professionals. The report cited three people who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The summit on Wednesday is rumored to have US President Joe Biden committing the world to vaccinating 70 percent of its population by next September. The target would require billions of additional doses for low- and middle-income countries, on top of those already announced.
The US, one of the largest donors to the Covax Initiative, has already purchased 140 million doses for the rest of the world. Other countries may also pledge further donations at next week’s event.
Granthshala The White House has been contacted for further comment.
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