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Rich nations stockpiling a billion more Covid-19 shots than needed

Rich nations stockpiling a billion more Covid-19 shots than needed”

US President Joe Biden will pledge US$4 billion in US aid to the Covax global COVID-19 vaccination program during his virtual meeting with other G7 leaders on Friday, White House officials said. Some global health officials have complained that funding isn't the issue when it comes to getting the vaccine quickly to developing countries because there isn't enough vaccine to buy, a problem the US has contributed to by snatching up hundreds of millions of doses for Americans.

The event saw participation of the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the prime minister of the Islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, foreign ministers of the U.S., China, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, representatives of the U.N. Security Council, and leaders of several global organizations.

It had fallen short of its funding targets, but the $2 billion offered by the U.S. will make up significant ground.

The US government has secured 600 million doses of vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna that will be available by the end of July.

He said the vaccine will be used to start a public vaccination programme for people above the age of 60. It has also purchased doses of the still-to-be-authorized Johnson & Johnson product, as well as other vaccines still in development.

The timeline for what will depend on when there is a sufficient supply in the US. Still, senior administration officials said the US will only consider donating vaccines to lower-income countries once enough supply has been secured to vaccinate all Americans, contrary to what some global health organizations requested.

A woman and her child wearing masks to protect from the coronavirus look at a giant globe
There are calls for an allocation of national vaccine supplies to be given to developing countries

Advocates have called on the Biden administration and other wealthy nations to make plans for donating surplus doses, in addition to ramping up their financial contributions.

"It called for more work on setting up systems to manage the logistics and supply chain for vaccines, reaching refugees, migrants and internally displaced people and financing national vaccination campaigns", said the statement. The plans are required for countries to receive vaccines from COVAX, the global initiative to ensure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines led by WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

Last week, the White House said it was wary of those efforts.

Dr Moeti briefed Health Ministers on the region's overall state of readiness for Africa's largest-ever immunisation drive, planned vaccines delivery dates and next steps, including documentation required by COVAX related to regulatory readiness, indemnity and liability agreements so vaccine manufacturers can schedule shipment dates.

The U. S.is committed to working through COVAX to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines and funding globally, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday.

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