The United States will donate 500 million more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to developing countries from next year, President Joe Biden announced on Sept. 22.
The additional doses come after the U.S. has already distributed 160 million doses to over 100 countries, which is more than the rest of the world combined.
The additional vaccine donation for low- and middle-income countries brings the total U.S. commitment to over 1.1 billion donated doses, Biden said at a virtual global COVID-19 summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
“Put another way, for everyone shot we’ve administered to date in America, we have now committed to do three shots to the rest of the world,” Biden said.
However, the additional doses fall short as experts say that around 11 billion doses are needed to vaccinate at least 70% of the global population.
Biden also announced the launch of the European Union-U.S. vaccine partnerships to further expand global vaccinations.
“We need other high-income countries to deliver on their own ambitious vaccine donations and pledges,” Biden said as he called for unity in committing to donate doses and support the global COVAX initiative.
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