The White House on Thursday unveiled President Joe Biden's plans to share COVID-19 vaccines with the world.
In a statement, President Biden provided details on how the US will allocate the first 25 million of the vaccines to lay the ground for increased global coverage and to address real and potential surges, high burdens of disease, and the needs of the most vulnerable countries.
"At least 75 percent of these doses - nearly 19 million- will be shared through COVAX, including approximately 6 million doses for Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 7 million for South and Southeast Asia, and approximately 5 million for Africa," Biden said.
"The remaining doses, just over 6 million, will be shared directly with countries experiencing surges, those in crisis, and other partners and neighbours, including Canada, Mexico, India, and the Republic of Korea," he said.
"We have already shared more than 4 million doses of vaccine with Canada and Mexico, and last month, I announced that, by the end of June, the United States will share 80 million doses of our vaccine supply with the world," he said.
Noting that strong American leadership is essential to ending this pandemic now, and to strengthening global health security for tomorrow - to better prevent, detect, and respond to the next threat, Biden said the US will be the world's arsenal of vaccines in our shared fight against this virus.
The long-awaited vaccine sharing plan comes as demand for shots in the US has dropped significantly as more than 63 percent of adults have received at least one dose, and as global inequities in supply have become more glaring.
Soon after the announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to US Vice President Kamala Harris and thanked her for vaccine supply assurance to India under US strategy for global vaccine sharing.
“Spoke to @VP Kamala Harris a short while ago. I deeply appreciate the assurance of vaccine supplies to India as part of the US Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing. I also thanked her for the all the support and solidarity from the US government, businesses and Indian diaspora,” he tweeted.
(With inputs from PTI)
(Edited by : Aditi Gautam)
First Published: IST