WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (Reuters) – The United States has donated more than 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 60 countries so far, the White House said on Tuesday, as the world continued to struggle against the fast-spreading Delta variant. .
President Joe Biden will announce the tally of donations later today, the White House said in a statement, calling the donations a “major step” in the fight against the pandemic.
Biden, who is due to speak on efforts to fight the novel coronavirus at 3:45 p.m. EDT (1945 GMT), had previously pledged to donate at least 80 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine globally.
“Today’s announcement is a fulfillment of its promise and a significant down payment on the hundreds of millions of additional doses that the United States will provide in the coming weeks,” the White House said in a statement, adding that the majority of doses were shared through COVAX, an international program to help developing countries access COVID-19 vaccines.
In late August, the United States will also begin shipping 500 million doses of Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE) vaccine to 100 low-income countries, the statement said.
The race to vaccinate the world’s population has taken on new urgency as the Delta variant strengthens its grip in the United States and abroad, resulting in increased hospitalizations and deaths, the majority among the unvaccinated. Read more
COVAX, supported by the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, seeks to secure 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine for countries in need by the end of the year. read more In June, a WHO official said many countries either did not have enough doses to continue immunization efforts or were simply exhausted.
The White House said on Tuesday it would work with COVAX and other regional partners to ensure donated vaccines are distributed fairly.
Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Bernadette Baum
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