Africa to receive 5 million covid vaccine doses from Biden govt
London, June 4, 2021 (AltAfrica)-The White House laid out a plan for the United States to share 25 million surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world, with the first shots shipping as soon as Friday, June 4, 2021 and said it would ease other countries’ access to U.S.-made supplies for vaccine production.
Thank you @JoeBiden @POTUS for allocating 5 million #COVID19 vaccine doses to Africa as part of 🇺🇸’s initial dose sharing initiative.— Dr Matshidiso Moeti (@MoetiTshidi) June 3, 2021
The threat of a third wave is real & rising in #Africa — this bold plan is a big step forward for #VaccineEquity. https://t.co/6dvh7u9wEm
Of the figure, United States will donate nearly 19 million doses through the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program, Biden said in a statement.
Through COVAX, some 6 million doses would go to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 7 million doses to South and Southeast Asia and roughly 5 million to Africa.
The remaining doses, amounting to just over 6 million, would go directly from the United States to countries including Canada, Mexico, India and South Korea, he said.
“We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions,” Biden said. “We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values.”
Although the United States is working through COVAX co-run by the World Health Organization, the White House retains final say in which countries receive U.S. doses and how many, said national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
The White House will base donation decisions on “factors included achieving global coverage, responding to crises … and helping as many countries as possible,” Sullivan said, adding the United States intends to prioritize its neighbors, including Canada, Mexico and countries in Central and South America.
A total of 31 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in African countries of which only seven million Africans have received the full dose of the vaccine. (Twitter@WHOAfrica)
This reinforces growing concerns that shortages in many African countries are holding back the rollout of urgently needed second doses of the Covid vaccine.
The United Nations and the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) are urging countries with surplus supplies to donate them to regions of Africa where they’re needed.