U.S. to buy 500 mn Pfizer jabs, share with lower income countries

U.S. to buy 500 mn Pfizer jabs, share with lower income countries

According to the source, 200 million doses enough to fully protect 100 million people would be shared this year, with the balance to be donated in the first half of 2022. Sinopharm has been approved by the World Health Organisation.

GAVI did not respond to a request for comment.

President Joe Biden will announce the news at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, this week, the person said. Biden's top Covid adviser, Jeff Zients, has been working on the deal for the last month, a person familiar said.

The administration is also using the United States vaccine supply as a tool to counter Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy.

The region's top doctor continues: "The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are almost identical in all aspects and NACI has said that there is no reason to believe that providing a different mRNA vaccine for a second dose would result in any additional safety issues or less protection". The White House earlier this year also pledged $4 billion to COVAX and urged other countries to boost donations as well. These groups are more likely to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 due to their occupations.

Biden will make the formal announcement at the G-7 meeting in Britain this week, the Washington Post and New York Times said.

Pfizer's vaccine has been authorized for use in children as young as 12 in Europe, the United States and Canada.

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