USA to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses globally

Marco Green
June 10, 2021

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study finds the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, reduce the risk of infection by 91% for fully vaccinated people.

CNN's Kaitlin Collins reports that about 40 percent of the future doses will go out this year, and The Associated Press notes the remaining doses are slated for delivery in the first half of 2022. The program is led by the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

The White House declined to comment, but a person familiar with the deal said the White House's COVID-19 response team had been negotiating its terms over the last four weeks. BioNTech/Pfizer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended waiting to get the Covid-19 vaccine. These groups are more likely to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 due to their occupations.

Biden will make the formal announcement at the G-7 meeting in Britain this week, the Washington Post and New York Times said.

The agreement is in addition to the 300 million shots the United States has already purchased from Pfizer and brings the total number of Pfizer/BioNTech shots purchased by the United States to 800 million, the Times said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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