The United States has now donated more than 100 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to other countries, the White House announced on Tuesday.
He said it was more than all other countries combined and that it was “just the beginning” of President Joe Biden’s efforts to ship life-saving drugs around the world.
The United States has shipped 111,701 doses to 60 countries, primarily through the international vaccine distribution system known as Covax, but also in collaboration with organizations such as the African Union and the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM .
“According to the United Nations, this is more than donations from all other countries put together and reflects the generosity of the American spirit,” a White House statement said.
The main recipients of the donated vaccines are Indonesia, the Philippines, Colombia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan and South Africa.
The vaccines “are just the beginning of the administration’s efforts to deliver vaccines to the world,” the statement said.
Starting at the end of the month, the United States will begin sending 500 million doses of Pfizer that it has pledged to buy and donate to 100 low-income countries.
The White House has insisted that the United States is not using vaccines to win favor with other countries and just wants to save lives. China and Russia have been accused of engaging in so-called “vaccine diplomacy”.
Biden was due to give a speech later Tuesday to discuss his efforts to push vaccination abroad and at home, as the Delta variant rises and triggers new coronavirus health restrictions by government officials and businesses.
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