Sun, 25 Sep 2022

WASHINGTON D.C.: The Biden administration has announced it will donate 500 million Pfizer Covid vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years.

Reuters reports that the United States might donate 200 million doses this year and another 300 million in the first half of 2022.

The vaccinations are to be donated to 92 low-income countries and the African Union.

The donations will be handled by the COVAX vaccine program which distributes COVID-19 shots to low- and middle-income countries and is backed by the World Health Organization.

The White House and Pfizer have declined to comment.

The White House has been under pressure to increase donations of COVID-19 vaccination to other countries.

To date, the United States has administered at least one vaccine to some 64 percent of its adult population.

"This action sends an incredibly powerful message about America's commitment to helping the world fight this pandemic," said Tom Hart, acting chief executive of The ONE Campaign, as quoted by Reuters.

Between 2021 and 2022, Pfizer is expected to manufacture 7 billion COVID-19 shots.

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