The White House has reached an agreement to purchase 500 million covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech for delivery to nearly 100 countries over the next two years, an announcement U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to make during his participation in the G7 meeting this weekend, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
After weeks of criticism from the international community for not sharing vaccines, Biden said Wednesday before boarding the presidential plane to the United Kingdom, where the G7 meeting will take place, that he had a global vaccination strategy that he would present at the summit, of which he did not offer details.
According to the New York newspaper, the first 200 million doses would be donated this year and the remaining 300 million in 2022. The Pfizer/BioNTech serum requires two doses for full vaccination.
Pandemic recovery will be one of the central topics on the agenda of the meeting of this group of the most industrialized countries (US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan).
The disparity in access to vaccines between developed countries and those with fewer resources has led to urgent calls from international organizations such as the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the distribution of vaccines to developing economies to be strengthened.
In the United States and the United Kingdom, more than 50% of the population has received at least one dose, while on the African continent barely 2% of its inhabitants have been inoculated.
Biden announced last month that the US will distribute 80 million vaccines, mostly through COVAX, the WHO-sponsored program, of which 25 million would be delivered this June to several Asian, African and Latin American and Caribbean countries.