US to donate 80 million Covid vaccines, 5 million to Africa

The US will donate five million Covid-19 doses to Africa.

This will be part of the 25 million vaccines of the total 80 million that US will shared with the world according to a framework announced by White House on June 3.

According to the statement, the United States will share 75 per cent of these vaccines through COVAX, a worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and WHO.

It will share 25 per cent for immediate needs and to help with surges around the world.

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“Approximately 5 million for Africa to be shared with countries that will be selected in coordination with the African Union.  Approximately 6 million will be targeted toward regional priorities and partner recipients, including Mexico, Canada, and the Republic of Korea, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, India, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as for United Nations frontline workers,” the statement said.

Nearly 19 million will be shared through COVAX, with the following allocations: Approximately 6 million for South and Central America in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, as well as the Dominican Republic; Approximately 7 million for Asia in  India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, and the Pacific Islands.

“The sharing of millions of U.S. vaccines with other countries signals a major commitment by the U.S. government.  Just like in the United States, we will move as expeditiously as possible, while abiding by U.S. and host country regulatory and legal requirements, to facilitate the safe and secure transport of vaccines across international borders,” White House said.

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