Administration officers advised the transfer is a part of a broader effort for the world’s democracies to lead the method in pandemic restoration.
“This will be clearly the largest purchase and donation of Covid-19 vaccines by a single country, by far, and it’s an unprecedented response,” a senior administration official informed reporters Thursday.
“We want to do everything we can to prevent more tragic loss across the globe,” the official mentioned, including that it’s “in our national interest to end this pandemic everywhere.”
“Covid-19 knows no borders, and as long as this virus is in our world, Americans are at risk,” the official mentioned, stressing how the virus additionally “threatens economic opportunity.”
But the transfer can also be meant to encourage different US allies to step up.
“We’re also using this announcement today to leverage and mobilize larger commitments from the world’s democracies, from the G7 and partner countries,” a separate senior official mentioned, previewing a “G7 Covid-related multilateral announcement.”
At the G7 summit this weekend, the official mentioned, leaders will announce a “collective effort by the world’s democracies to beat Covid-19 for once and for all.”
The donation comes as Biden has repeatedly mentioned that the world is at an inflection level to present whether or not democracy can prevail over autocracy.
As for a timeline, officers mentioned the Pfizer doses will start to ship in August and 200 million doses can be delivered by the finish of this yr. The remaining 300 million doses can be delivered in the first half of 2022. They can be manufactured in the US, the officers mentioned, “employing thousands of workers” in states like Michigan, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The value can be round $1.5 billion, which can come from beforehand allotted funds in the American Rescue Plan aid package deal handed earlier this yr.
There can be no circumstances for the nations that obtain the doses.
“The United States is not seeking favors in exchange for these doses, we’re not making demands in order for countries to get these doses, we are not imposing conditions, political, economic or otherwise. We are going to be guided by the science and public health experts in allocating them to the places where they can make the most difference,” the second senior official mentioned.
Biden had beforehand dedicated to sharing 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses with different nations. Last week, the Biden administration introduced a plan to share the first 25 million Covid-19 vaccine doses with the remainder of the world and an total framework of distributing at the least 80 million doses by the finish of June.
About 75% of these donated vaccines can be shared with the world vaccination program known as Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, or COVAX, and about 25% can be shared instantly with nations in want, the White House mentioned.
Biden mentioned final month the US would share a further 20 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines by the finish of June on high of the 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine the President had already dedicated to sharing by July 4. The further 20 million doses will include Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines in addition to AstraZeneca, which has to be accepted by federal regulators earlier than being shipped abroad.