President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced that the U.S. would double its global donation of vaccines and buy another 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to share with low- and middle-income countries by next year.
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The additional 500 million vaccine doses doubled previous U.S. commitments to a grand total of 1.1 billion doses between this summer and next year.
“Today, I’m announcing another historic commitment. The United States is buying another half-billion doses of Pfizer to donate to low- and middle-income countries around the world,” said President Biden during the virtual Global COVID-19 Summit.
“This is another half a billion doses that will all be shipped by this time next year. And it brings our total commitment of donated vaccines to over 1.1 billion vaccines to be donated.”
He added, “Put another way, for every one shot we’ve administered to date in America, we have now committed to do three shots to the rest of the world.”
Biden also announced that the U.S. is embracing a global goal of having 70% of the world’s population vaccinated within the next year. He also pushed for other wealthy nations to make similar commitments.
“We’re not going to solve this crisis with half-measures or middle-of-the-road ambitions,” said Biden. “We need to go big. And we need to do our part: governments, the private sector, civil society leaders, philanthropists. This is an all-hands-on-deck crisis.”
In June, during an event at the G7 Summit, Biden announced his intention to purchase and distribute 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The White House has already begun shipping the first 200 million doses of that commitment, and the remaining 300 million doses will be donated in early 2022. At the same event in June, the other G7 nations agreed to purchase an additional 500 million doses.