The White House announced this Thursday that 75% of the 80 million doses of anti-covid-19 vaccines promised by the US to foreign countries will be distributed through the Covax (Global Access to Covid-19 Vaccines) initiative.
Today, the Government [dos EUA] announces plan to share 80 million American doses worldwide”, said the White House in a press release, cited by international agencies Associated Press and France-Presse.
Covax (Global Access to Covid-19 Vaccines), is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Gavi Alliance (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations), which works for the acquisition and subsequent distribution of vaccines against covid-19 to the poorest countries on the planet.
At least three quarters of the administered doses will be shared through Covax”, adds the statement.
According to the White House, around 19 million doses will be delivered to the platform, with approximately six million destined for South and Central America, seven million for Asia and five million for Africa.
The doses mark a substantial – and immediate – boost to Covax’s slow effort, which has so far shared just 76 million doses with countries in need.
The remaining six million will be directed by the White House to US allies and partners including Mexico, Canada and the Republic of Korea, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen, as well as to workers from the front lines of the United Nations.
The vaccine sharing plan comes as demand for vaccines in the US has dropped significantly, after more than 63% of adults in that country have already received at least one inoculation, but also because global inequalities in supply have become “ more glaring”.
As of May 17, according to Reuters global vaccination data, nearly 48% of the US population was already vaccinated against covid-19.
The White House has already declared its intention to share 80 million doses of vaccines with the world by the end of this month of June.