United States directs millions of COVID-19 shots to Latin America, Africa, Asia

United States directs millions of COVID-19 shots to Latin America, Africa, Asia

"The specific vaccines and amounts will be determined and shared as the administration works through the logistical, regulatory and other parameters particular to each region and country".

The donation will complete Washington's initial pledge of 80 million doses from its own vaccine supply, made ahead of a vow to buy 500 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine for low- and middle-income nations.

The distribution formula closely followed the one that the White House announced earlier this month for the first 25 million doses in the president's pledge.

Where the doses are going: Most will be sent to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa.

On Monday the administration of US President Joe Biden announced how it planned to donate 55 million vaccine doses to countries in need.

For these 8 crore doses, the USA will share 75 per cent through COVAX and 25 per cent will be targeted to help deal with surges around the world.

The White House's breakdown of its allocation of the 55 million vaccine doses is below.

The White House said it wanted the doses to be prioritized for healthcare workers and those who are most at risk.

The first tranche included the Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, but it was not immediately clear what the second tranche would comprise.

The Covax programme has delivered 90 million doses to 131 countries. AstraZeneca's vaccine has not been approved by federal regulators, CNN reported.

The announcement, however, dials back the initial U.S. commitment.

The other 25%, or roughly 14 million doses, would be shared with "regional priorities", including Colombia, Argentina, Iraq, Ukraine, the West Bank and Gaza. But with many countries unable to vaccinate even a tiny percentage of their populations, global health officials are pressing the United States to move as quickly as possible to share its vaccine supply.

The vaccines, the number yet to be confirmed, are said to arrive within June through the World Health Organization's Covax.

In addition, the White House on Monday announced approximately 16 million doses of the vaccines to the following Asian countries: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Maldives, Bhutan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Cambodia, and the Pacific Islands.

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