USA lawmakers, industry welcome global distribution of Covid vaccines

WHO COVID-19 technical lead warns pandemic is far from over Power and Politics18 hours ago7:54

"We will deliver on the president's commitment of 80 million doses by the end of June". The administration says 25% will be kept in reserve for emergencies and for the share directly with allies and partners.

COVAX, or COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, is a World Health Organization-backed global vaccine program helping with the distribution, but Sullivan added at the briefing that the USA will have a final say on where the doses go and its effort is focused on countries dealing with "urgent" needs.

"America will never be fully safe while this pandemic is raging globally".

The administration was committed to bringing the same urgency to global vaccination efforts that it demonstrated at home, he added. Today, the Administration announced its framework for sharing these 80 million US vaccine doses worldwide.

Warning of a "two-track recovery", the World Health Organization is urging wealthy countries to donate their surplus doses to poorer countries instead of giving them to less vulnerable groups, such as children.

Guatemalan President Giammettei stated that Harris had told him that the U.S. would be sending a total of 500,000 doses of the precious vaccines.

Vice President Kamala Harris informed some USA partners they will begin receiving doses, in separate calls with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago. Harris is to visit Guatemala and Mexico in the coming week.

SII, the world's largest vaccine maker and a top supplier of COVID-19 shots to low- and middle-income countries, had criticized the use of the DPA, and Reuters reported in May that a shortage of USA -made raw materials would hit production of Novavax's vaccine.

He said the United States was focusing on getting every eligible American vaccinated, but "we also recognise that ending this pandemic means ending it everywhere". White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said that 1 million Johnson & Johnson doses were being shipped to South Korea Thursday. Vaccine providers keep an eye on the expiration dates that come with each batch, to ensure they're using up their supplies in time.

"We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values".

The DPA ratings give US producers priority access to supplies and equipment needed to manufacture the vaccines that are in short supply around the world.

Biden said that the remaining six million doses of the initial 25 million will be shared directly with countries experiencing surges or that are in crisis, as well as with partners and neighbors like Canada, Mexico and South Korea.

Expiration dates for vaccines are determined based on data the manufacturer submits to regulators proving how long the shots stay at the right strength, said former Food and Drug Administration vaccine chief Norman Baylor.

The brand of vaccines was not divulged by the White House.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said via Twitter that Harris had informed him before the White House announcement of the decision to send 1 million doses of the single jab Johnson & Johnson vaccine. "I expressed to her our appreciation in the name of the people of Mexico", he wrote.

"The sharing of millions of US vaccines with other countries signals a major commitment by the USA government", the White House said in a fact sheet that called the plans "a vital component of our overall global strategy to lead the world in the fight to defeat COVID-19".

As part of its purchase agreements with the pharmaceutical companies, the federal government controlled the distribution of the vaccines. It is only now that Pfizer and Moderna have begun to export vaccines produced in the United States to overseas customers.



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