The remaining 55 million doses of the COVID vaccine will be distributed, but not on time, to meet President Biden’s deadline.
The Biden administration revealed on Monday allocation plans For the 55 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, officials say there are logistical challenges that have delayed the commitment to share 80 million with other countries by the end of June.
In a document released on Monday, the White House says most of the 55 million footage will be distributed KOVAKS mechanism of global exchange. About 14 million doses will go to Latin America, the Caribbean, including Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, while 16 million will go to Asian countries, including India. About 10 million doses will be sent to Africa, selected by countries agreed with the African Union.
The remaining doses, about 25 percent, will be shared directly with Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
“The exchange of millions of US vaccines with other countries means that the US government has a great responsibility,” the White House said in a statement.
“Like our internal response, we will move as quickly as possible while maintaining the regulatory and legal requirements of the United States’s host countries to facilitate the safe and secure delivery of vaccines across international borders.”
But President Biden is expected to relinquish his commitment to the ship 80 million Doses of COVID-19 vaccine abroad until the end of June.
White House spokesman En Psaki said the US-made dosages were ready, with delays due to regulatory and logistical impediments.
“What we have found to be the biggest challenge is not really supply. “We have a lot to share with the world – but this is a Herculean logistical challenge,” Psaki told a news conference on Monday.
To date, more than 10 million doses have been shipped from the United States to other countries, including: 2.5 million doses Delivered to Taiwan over the weekend 1 million doses Shipped to Mexico, Canada և South Korea earlier this month.
Psaki says deliveries will end as soon as countries are ready to receive the doses, and the administration has sorted out logistical complications, including vaccine supplies such as syringes, alcohol, refrigerators for doses, customs procedures and even language barriers.
Psaki said he did not know how many doses would be delivered by the end of the month.
Amid declining vaccine demand in recent weeks, the United States has been delivering “overdoses” that are not needed in the United States. More than 177 million Americans received at least one shot.
Earlier this month, Biden announced that his administration would buy more than 80 million doses in the United States. 500 million doses From Pfizer to donate worldwide next year, with the first deliveries expected in August.
The White House also unveiled its first plans earlier this month 25 million doses To export Pfizer, Moderna և Johnson & Johnson vaccines from existing federal stockpiles, some have already begun shipping.
Biden was originally committed to providing all nations with all 60 million US-made doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that are yet to be used in the United States but are widely approved worldwide. AstraZeneca doses were retained for export following a week-long safety check by the Food and Drug Administration.