US Just Delivered 15 Percent of Promised COVID-19 Vaccine Donation

America is the country that has donated the most COVID-19 vaccines in the world. The US has pledged to donate 1.1 billion doses to help people around the world fight the COVID-19 pandemic. But so far, only 15% of the vaccine donations have been delivered.

For every vaccination administered domestically, America will send three doses of the vaccine overseas. That’s the promise President Joe Biden made to help vaccinate the world.

“America is buying another half a billion doses of Pfizer to donate to low- and middle-income countries around the world. That number will all be shipped next year, fulfilling our pledge to contribute more than 1.1 billion vaccines,” Biden said.

Of the 1.1 billion doses the US promised, the State Department said, about 172 million had already been delivered, or about 15 percent.

The White House said another 200 million doses would be delivered by the end of 2021, and the remaining 800 million would be delivered by September 2022.

Krishna Udayakumar of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center said, “The claim to be a vaccine repository for the world is a good topic of conversation. It would be very good if it was realized. However, it is not enough just to promise to donate. So I think when it comes to access and supply of vaccines, we have to look at the whole picture, who is actually receiving the vaccine.”

Humanitarian organizations say 80 percent of the donated dose is received by rich countries and less than one percent by poor countries.

Data from analytics firm Airfinity on vaccine stocks in the US, EU, UK, Canada and China, the countries with the largest surpluses, showed an excess of 670 million doses of vaccine at the end of September, even after those countries gave everyone booster vaccinations. , aged 12 years and over.

Robbie Silverman of Oxfam America, an organization to end injustice, said, “Nowadays the situation is that rich countries have three times as much doses as they actually need. There’s a real risk there, firstly, it disqualifies other countries. And second, they may not be able to use up all of that vaccine stock. We’ve seen rich countries basically throw away millions of doses because the vaccine expires before it can be used.”

Vaccine administration advocates say the US should increase deliveries of donated vaccines now and do more to shift vaccine technology.

Airfinity data shows that vaccine manufacturers produce 1.5 billion doses per month. With over 6 billion doses already shipped worldwide, WHO’s goal of getting the 5 billion more doses needed to vaccinate the world’s population can be achieved within months, provided rich countries are willing to share their vaccine supplies with the world. [ps/ka]

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