Sharing is Caring

Kate Sullivan from CNN writes that the Biden Administration plans to distribute 25 million first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to the rest of the world. She continues that the Administration also plans to distribute at least 80 million doses by the end of June. The White House said, “At least 75% of these donated vaccines will be shared with the global vaccination program called Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, or COVAX, and 25% will be shared directly with countries in need”. President Biden continues, “We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions. 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”. 

19 million of the first 25 million doses are already being distributed through COVAX. According to CNN, COVAX is an initiative led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Coalition for Epidemic preparedness innovations.

So where are the vaccines distributed? CNN states that “Approximately 6 million of those doses will be sent to South and Central America — specifically to Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Haiti and other Caribbean Community countries, as well as the Dominican Republic. Approximately 7 million doses will be distributed in Asia to India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan and the Pacific Islands. Additionally, approximately 5 million will be sent to Africa to be shared with countries that will be selected in coordination with the African Union. The other 6 million doses from the first round of 25 million will be sent to Mexico, Canada, the Republic of Korea, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen, and will be used to vaccinate United Nations frontline workers”. 

Not only does the Biden Administration care for the world wide, but he also cares for his nation. President Biden states that there should be enough vaccine supply for every American by the end of June, and he has a goal of vaccinating at least 70% of US adults by July 4.

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