After a year-long wait, Covid 19 vaccine is finally here and it’s being aggressively administered across the world to flatten the curve of Covid cases. Different nations have prepared different variants of this vaccine. As a result of it, the stage looks set for a return to normalcy; however there are still some countries that are struggling against this virus. A large part of this struggle can be put down to the shortage of vaccine in these countries. To help the said nations in their fight, U.S.A has decided to send vaccines to these areas. On 3rd June, The Biden administration officially revealed plans to send millions of Covid 19 vaccine doses across the globe, thus helping the shorthanded countries in putting up a strong counter-attack against the pandemic.
“We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions,” President Joe Biden said in a statement. “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.”
Last month, an intention to ship over 80 million Covid 19 doses abroad by the end of June was shared by the American government. The US government also released a plan about how they’ll go about it. First 25 million doses are going to be a collective mix of doses including Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. A good chunk of these doses will be run through the COVAX, which is an initiative of World Health Organization to promote equitable access to the vaccine. While breaking down the numbers, the White House revealed that approximately 6 million doses will go to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 7 million will be shipped to South and Southeast Asia, and a rough figure of 5 million doses will be allocated to Africa.
As per President Biden order, the remaining 6 million of the first batch “will be shared directly with countries experiencing surges, those in crisis, and other partners and neighbors, including Canada, Mexico, India, and the Republic of Korea,”
US has already got the ball rolling after shipping more than 4 million doses to their neighboring countries, Canada and Mexico.