The new batch will start shipping next January
Washington: – United States President Joe Biden will announce this Wednesday that his government is negotiating a $500 million purchase. Additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 for donating it to low- and middle-income countries, two senior officials in his administration said.
The announcement will be made by the president during a global pandemic summit that he will actually lead on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the speakers added in a telephone conversation with reporters.
To date, the United States has pledged to donate more than 600 million doses, including 500 million Pfizer They indicated targeting 100 low-income countries.
One of the speakers added that with the new acquisition, the doses of Covid vaccines that the United States will send to the world “free of charge” and “without conditions” will rise to more than 1,100 million.
It is expected that the shipment of the new batch will start next January.
On the other hand, officials indicated that Biden will lead a summit on the pandemic in parallel with the United Nations Assembly sessions that opened Tuesday in New York.
The meeting hopes to bring together heads of state, leaders of international organizations, representatives of the private sector and philanthropists, as well as delegations from NGOs and other partners.
Officials highlighted that it is an “ambitious goal” for the meeting that all countries, including low- and middle-income countries, have set a target to fully vaccinate 70% of their population before the General Assembly next year.
The meeting on the pandemic will be organized into four sessions, the first of which will be chaired by Biden, and will include, among other things, the participation of the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). ), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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