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Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to nearly 100 countries over next year

The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years. The United States is likely to distribute 200 million shots this year and another 300 million in the first half of next year to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union. Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The donations will go through the COVAX vaccine program that distributes COVID-19 shots to low- and middle-income countries. The program is led by the World Health Organisation and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).

GAVI did not respond to a request for comment.

One of the people said that President Joe Biden will announce the deal on Thursday at the Group of Seven meeting of the world’s wealthiest countries in Britain.

One of the sources said that the deal was negotiated over the past four weeks by White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and the coronavirus task force team.

CNBC reported on Wednesday that the United States is also talking with Moderna Inc about buying some of its shots to donate to other countries. The White House and Pfizer declined to comment. Moderna did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The US president told reporters before boarding Air Force One for Britain that he had a global vaccine strategy and would be announcing it but did not offer details. The White House has been under mounting pressure to boost donations of COVID-19 shots to other countries. The United States has given at least one image to around 64 percent of its adult population. It has begun vaccinating adolescents, while other countries like Brazil and India struggle to get desperately needed doses.

“This action sends a compelling message about America’s commitment to helping the world fight this pandemic,” said Tom Hart, acting chief executive of The ONE Campaign, a nonprofit working to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030.

The administration is also using the US vaccine supply to counter Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy. The Biden administration had said it would share 80 million vaccine doses worldwide by the end of June. The White House earlier this year also pledged $4 billion to COVAX and urged other countries to boost donations as well. Pfizer expects to produce as many as three billion COVID-19 shots in 2021 and upwards of 4 billion next year.

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