Biden doubles vaccine purchase, calls for more global vaccines
President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the United States will commit to purchasing an additional 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to share with low- and middle-income countries by next year.
The additional 500 million doses of vaccine doubled previous US commitments to a total of 1.1 billion doses between this summer and next year.
“To beat the pandemic here, we have to beat it everywhere,” Biden said during the announcement of the virtual summit on COVID-19 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Biden also announced that the United States is adopting a global goal of vaccinating 70% of the world’s population within the next year. He also pushed other rich countries to make similar commitments.
“We are not going to solve this crisis with sanitary measures or intermediate initiatives,” Biden said.
In June, at a G7 summit event, Biden announced plans to purchase and distribute 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The White House has already started shipping the first 200 million doses of this pledge, and the remaining 300 million doses will be donated in early 2022.
At the same event in June, the other G7 countries agreed to buy an additional 500 million doses.