The United States purchased 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to donate worldwide.
According to CNN Politics, President Joe Biden will announce his plans at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England.
The move comes as the United States faces pressure to do more in the face of global vaccine shortages after rich countries bought most of the first supplies.
All of the doses will be distributed through COVAX, the international vaccine initiative. 200 million doses will be distributed this year and 300 million will be distributed in the first half of 2022.
Biden hinted at that announcement before boarding Air Force One bound for the United Kingdom to meet with G7 leaders (Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom).
When asked if he has a vaccination strategy for the world, he said, “I have one and will announce it.”
“He does want to show rallying the rest of the world’s democracies — the democracies are the countries that can best deliver solutions for people everywhere. That goes for COVID-19, that goes for climate change, it goes for economic recovery and it goes for the basic human rights and human dignity of all people,” Jake Sullivan, White House national security adviser, told reporters.
“As he said in his joint session (address), we were the ‘arsenal of democracy’ in World War II,” Sullivan said. “We’re going to be the ‘arsenal of vaccines’ over this next period to help end the pandemic.”
President Biden is aiming to have 70% of US adults vaccinated by July 4.