US signs pact with Pfizer to donate 500 Mn doses to over 90 countries

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The United States President Joe Biden’s administration has closed a deal with Pfizer for 500 million doses of its COVID-19 shot, which will be donated to over 90 countries over the next two years.T

he United States is likely to distribute 200 million doses this year and another 300 million in the first half of next year to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union, Reuters reported citing sources.

As per reports, the deal was closed just ahead of Biden’s first trip abroad since taking office, an eight-day mission to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties strained during the Trump era and to reframe relations with Russia.

The donations will go through the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization’s (GAVI) COVAX vaccine program that distributes COVID-19 shots to low- and middle-income countries.

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