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- President Biden plans to donate 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries and taking additional steps to support the global immunization effort.
- How can donors play a role in supporting COVID-19 vaccine distribution?
- Learn why COVAX is struggling to fund global vaccine equity.
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President Joe Biden plans to buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to more than 90 countries, while calling on the world’s democracies to do their part to help end the deadly pandemic.
The announcement of the vaccine donation — the largest ever by a single country — comes ahead of Biden’s meeting with leaders of the other Group of Seven advanced economies — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan — in Cornwall, England.
With nearly 150 million Americans having received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, Biden faces calls to promote equitable vaccine distribution around the world.
By July, the country could have an oversupply of 300 million coronavirus vaccine doses, according to a report by the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, while developing countries face a long wait to vaccinate the majority of their populations.
Should the White House be doing even more to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines globally?
"The short answer is: 'Yes it should, like now, immediately,'" said Ruth Faden, a Johns Hopkins University bioethicist and vaccine policy expert.
"The harder questions are the 'how questions.' That's when things start to get more complex."
Read the full article about donating COVID-19 vaccines by Matthew Lavietes at Global Citizen.