US Donates 4.8 Million Vaccine Doses to Four African Countries

US sent more than 4.8 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to four African countries, White House told FLY on Wednesday (27/10).

White House officials said the 55-member African Union set the allocation. Chad, a landlocked country and one of the world’s poorest countries, will receive 115,830 doses; densely populated US ally Egypt will receive 3,634,020 doses; Africa’s west coast oil producer Gabon will receive 101,790 doses, and Kenya on the east coast will receive 990,990 doses.

The Pfizer vaccine donations will arrive in those countries by Friday or Saturday, White House officials said. The vaccine requires two shots for full immunity, and American authorities have recommended that certain high-risk groups get the shot booster after that.

The move follows an announcement earlier this week that the United States would allow the African Union to purchase a ration of 33 million doses of the Moderna vaccine originally intended for the United States.

A health worker prepares Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine during a newly opened mass vaccination program for the elderly at a drive-thru vaccination center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. (Photo: AP/Themba Hadebe)

A health worker prepares Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine during a newly opened mass vaccination program for the elderly at a drive-thru vaccination center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. (Photo: AP/Themba Hadebe)

“As the president said, the virus knows no boundaries, and this will require every company and every country to step up and take bold and urgent action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Natalie Quillian, deputy coordinator of the COVID-19 response at The House. White.

“We are grateful to have helped negotiate this encouraging step between Moderna and the African Union that will significantly expand access to vaccines on the continent in the near future. This is an important step as we continue to expand our current production capacity and expand access to mRNA vaccines to some of the hardest-hit areas of the world,” he said.

US officials have been criticized for pushing booster injections for vulnerable Americans while vaccination rates in developing countries are low. White House expresses controversy over injections booster it as a false choice, claiming that the US can help vaccinate the world while also protecting American citizens.

Critics say rich countries are not acting fast enough.

“At today’s pace, it will take a decade for low-income countries to reach their 70 percent vaccination target,” said Tom Hart, acting CEO at ONE Campaign. “We can’t end this pandemic anywhere if vaccines aren’t everywhere. The world needs an escape plan, not just protecting lives.”

According to projections from Oxford University’s COVID-19 database, Our World in Data, only one country in sub-Saharan Africa – the tiny nation of Lesotho – is on track to meet its target of vaccinating 40 percent of its population with at least one dose of the vaccine by the end of the year. this. [uh/ab]

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