1st batch of US-donated vaccines to go to India, Taiwan, others

1st batch of US-donated vaccines to go to India, Taiwan, others

The remaining 25% will be for "immediate needs and to help with surges around the world".

Biden's statement reminded that his administration supports efforts to temporarily waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines and that the USA has already shared more than 4 million doses of vaccine with Canada and Mexico.

The U.S. will directly send another six million shots to countries including Mexico, Canada, South Korea and the Palestinian territories, the White House said.

The move is a watershed moment for the USA, which secured the first hundreds of millions of doses made on its soil for domestic use but intends to be an engine of vaccine production globally.

They will go through the global vaccination program called COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) - one of the main sources of COVID-19 vaccines received by the Philippines.

"It's vaccines, not money at this point in the pandemic that are required globally", said Murthy.

In addition to the Biden administration's plans to begin sharing doses it bought, Pfizer and Moderna have both begun filling worldwide orders from US plants that previously supplied only the USA government.

The U.S. has committed more than $4 billion to COVAX, but with vaccine supplies short - and wealthy nations locking up a lot of them - the greater need than funding has been immediate access to actual doses, to overcome what health officials have long decried as unequal access to the vaccines. The gap between US doses delivered and actually administered has risen to 70 million - much of which are in various stages of distribution.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, calling the initiative to get vaccines to several countries "herculean", told reporters she did not yet have a breakdown of vaccines to be exported by brand.

The Indian Ambassador to the United States also added that USA has also announced the removal of the Defense Production Act, which means no more priority supply will now be required. The United States has received requests for vaccines from countries all over the world. The rest will be distributed to countries that have seen a surge of cases. The allocation of this first tranche of donated doses reflects the desire of the United States to respond to all regions and lay the ground for increased supply and access throughout the world. The vaccine produced from Oxford University and AstraZeneca has yet to be approved for emergency use in the United States, while it has been employed elsewhere around the globe for months. The U.S. will work with partners who are both ready and in need.

Help countries in need and our neighbors.

On Tuesday, the drug regulator waived the requirement to conduct post-launch bridging trials for foreign-made coronavirus vaccines, in a move that is expected to bolster the availability of shots. Our dose sharing approach prioritizes Latin American and the Caribbean on a per capita basis.

Meanwhile, approximately 6 million of stock vaccines will be sent directly to America's "regional priorities and partner recipients".

Approximately 5 million for Africa to be shared with countries that will be selected in coordination with the African Union. Those places include the West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Iraq and Haiti.

The country has been in talks with drugmakers including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna on possibly manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines locally.

The administration was committed to bringing the same urgency to global vaccination efforts that it demonstrated at home, he added. This will take time, but the President has directed the Administration to use all the levers of the US government to protect individuals from this virus as quickly as possible.

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