Biden Announces Extra 20 Mln US Vaccine Doses For Other Countries
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Tue 18th May 2021 | 12:20 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th May, 2021 ) :President Joe Biden said Monday that the United States is surging exports of Covid vaccines to other countries to reclaim "American leadership" in the global fight against the pandemic, dismissing rival efforts by China and Russia.
The boost follows pressure on the Biden administration from other governments to use its large vaccine surplus to help struggling countries, now that significant progress has been made in rolling out vaccinations at home.
The initiative also addresses concerns that Moscow and Beijing have been taking advantage of the worldwide crisis to spread influence through distribution of their own national vaccines in a so-called "vaccine diplomacy" contest.
"This will be more vaccines than any country has actually shared today, five times more than any other country," Biden said in a White House speech.
"We will not use our vaccines to secure favors from other countries." The White House would not say which countries were being prioritized for the shipments, but Biden has signaled that Washington will be doing what it can to help India push back against a surge in the pandemic.
An initial 60 million doses have already been pledged.
These will all be of AstraZeneca, a British-developed vaccine that has yet to be used in the United States and looks increasingly unlikely ever to be needed. Exports will begin as soon as US health regulators give approval.