US will donate 80 million ‘excess’ Covid-19 vaccines to COVAX: Biden | The Daily Star
02:15 PM, May 18, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:17 PM, May 18, 2021

US will donate 80 million ‘excess’ Covid-19 vaccines to COVAX: Biden

President Joe Biden has announced that the US will give away 80 million Covid-19 vaccines. Previously, the US announced the donation of 60 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses.

An addition of 20 million doses of US-authorized vaccines will be donated to COVAX by the end of June, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

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Biden is likely to declare this during the G-7 summit in Britain next month.

"The US will continue to donate from our excess supply as that supply is delivered to us," he said yesterday.

According to a White House factsheet, yesterday's announcement is the Biden administration's next step to ramp up US efforts to respond to Covid-19 around the world.

The US will work with COVAX and other partners to ensure these vaccines are delivered equitably and in a way that follows the science and public health data.

The United States will not use its vaccines to secure favors from other countries, according to the factsheet.

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