US Outlines Plan to Send 55 Million Covid Vaccine Doses Overseas

US announces plans to allocate 55 million doses to be shared globally

This is below the country's daily doses being administered on a single day - on Monday, more than 8.2 million (82 lakh) doses were administered under the new vaccine policy.

World Health Organization senior adviser Dr Bruce Aylward said the Covax programme had delivered 90 million doses to 131 countries. As recently as two weeks ago, the administration said it expected AstraZeneca to account for the remaining 55 million donated doses this month.

Africa (approximately 10 million shots): Recipient countries will be selected in coordination with the African Union.

President Joe Biden has promised that the US will be the vaccine arsenal for the world to help end the pandemic, though poorer countries have pressed the USA and other wealthy nations to do more as they struggle to secure vaccines.

"We have plenty of doses to share with the world, but this is a Herculean logistical challenge".

The big picture: President Biden and G7 leaders have pledged to send 1 billion doses to the developing world, including 500 million from the USA alone.

The delay has been due in part to a stockpile of 60 million AstraZeneca doses that he'd planned to donate, and that were meant to make up the bulk of the 80 million and begin shipping in May.

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"Our goals are to increase global COVID-19 vaccination coverage, prepare for surges and prioritise healthcare workers and other vulnerable populations based on public health data and acknowledged best practice, and help our neighbours and other countries in need", the White House said. The doses will consist of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines.

The state of play: The White House had previously named the recipients of the first 25 million of the 80 million doses that the USA has pledged to export, as it took its first step toward becoming a global vaccine supplier.

"We have announced today where these doses are going".

The other 25%, or roughly 14 million doses, will be shared with "regional priorities", including Colombia, Argentina, Iraq, Ukraine, the West Bank and Gaza.

The White House also said that in addition to sharing doses from its own vaccine supply, the United States is committed to working with American manufacturers to produce more vaccines to share with the world.

About 16 million will head to Asian countries, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Maldives, Taiwan and Cambodia. Worldwide partners are eager to get even more.

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