By Ron Howells • 09 June 2021 • 20:21
Joe Biden To Announce 500 Million Free Pfizer Covid Shots For Developing Countries At G7 Summit. Image- Whitehouse Media
Joe Biden To Announce 500 Million Free Pfizer Covid Shots For Developing Countries At G7 Summit.
The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to about 100 countries over the next two years, according to a report from the Washington Post. President Joe Biden is due to announce the plan at the Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Britain this week, the newspaper said.
The U.S. president told reporters before boarding Air Force One that he had a global vaccine strategy and would be announcing it but did not offer details. The Biden administration has said it plans to share 80 million vaccine doses worldwide by the end of June.
Around 200 million doses will go out in 2021 and 300 million will be distributed in the first half of 2022. Biden’s top Covid adviser, Jeff Zients, has been working on the deal for the last month, a person familiar with the project said.
All doses will go through COVAX, the international vaccine initiative, and will go to 92 low- and lower-income countries, in addition to the African Union. The COVAX program aims to acquire vaccines for poorer countries. Recently, donor countries have pledged millions of additional doses. however, the project continues to face many hurdles.
For months now, the World Health Organization has been appealing to rich states to donate supplies to the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access initiative. But the response to the international program known as COVAX has been somewhat underwhelming- until the news of the massive donation from the US came through.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
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