The US will not share the vaccine till all Individuals are shot, officers say

Half of the funds will go to subsidize the purchase of vaccine doses for 92 poor and developing countries through COVAX, the global effort for equitable access to vaccines led by Gavi and two other organizations. The remaining $ 2 billion will be allocated over the next two years to expand vaccine manufacturing and supply. The first $ 500 million is expected to be released quickly. The government hopes the donation will encourage other countries to contribute more to the effort, which it estimates will cost $ 15 billion.

Why It Matters: The Biden administration announced last month it would be participating in COVAX and lifted former President Donald Trump’s refusal to join the program due to his association with the World Health Organization. However, it was not clear at the time when the United States could donate its own vaccine supply.

Poor countries and global health advocates have pushed the rich nations to share some of their offerings, warning that uneven adoption of vaccines could catch them up for years. Allowing high numbers of infections around the world is also likely to lead to new variants of the virus that could prolong the pandemic for rich and poor countries alike, experts argue.

However, wealthier countries, which have snapped up the majority of the vaccine doses available, have focused on vaccinating their citizens first, as they are under pressure to speed up those efforts. The Biden government official made it clear during a background interview on Thursday that vaccinating Americans is a priority.

“Although we are currently unable to split vaccine doses while we focus on American vaccinations and get shots in the arms here, we are working hard to help COVAX bolster global vaccination around the world and schedule when we in the US have adequate supplies and will be able to donate excess vaccines, “the official said.

The Biden government expects to have enough doses of vaccine for all Americans by the end of July, although vaccinations will take longer to complete.

Global vaccine race concern: French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview published Thursday he hoped to convince Biden and other G7 leaders to commit to immediately sharing 3 to 5 percent of their vaccine supplies with poorer countries.

Macron said he was concerned about the “war of influence on vaccines” that China and Russia started when they donated doses of their home-grown vaccines to poor countries. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week that the Biden administration is “watching these actions with concern”.

India has also recently started donating and selling doses of domestically manufactured vaccines to poor countries that do not have access to other vaccines.

The Biden government believes that helping COVAX “is one of the best ways to expand access to Covid vaccines,” the Biden official said, noting that global efforts only work with vaccines that support the Meet WHO standards for safety and effectiveness. So far, the WHO has not yet given emergency approval to vaccines made in Russia and China, which still have questions about their effectiveness rates. A decision on the vaccines manufactured by China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm is not expected until next month at the earliest.

WHO has given the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and the vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University an emergency clearance. The first doses of COVAX are expected to arrive in dozen of countries next week. The organizers of COVAX aim to deliver 2 billion doses by the end of this year, with a focus on vaccinating healthcare workers and the most vulnerable.

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