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US donates 500 million Pfizer doses to COVAX cause

# US Vaccination Donation and COVAX Cause 

The US is going to donate 500 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX program to low and middle-income countries based on a Reuters report. The plan is to buy the vaccines at cost limiting the profits of private companies from the initiate. This is a welcome move as the Biden administration has been under pressure for a while to take a decisive step in promoting vaccine equality globally. Out of the 500 million vaccines, 200 million will be dispatched this year with the rest early part of next year. COVAX is a collaboration between CEPI, Gavi, and the WHO with UNICEF as the key delivery partner. The partnership among these various actors envisions ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for everyone to finish the acute phase of the pandemic by the end of 2021.

Graph Share of the population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 | Our World in Data

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Over the past few weeks, One is spearheading vaccinations for marginalized communities in low and medium-income countries, developing a roadmap for vaccinating 70% of the global population. Apart from the pressure from leaders and activists for vaccine equity, the spread of the Delta virus, a COVID-19 variant first seen in India, in the US, and Europe could be another factor for the urgency for the global vaccination drive. The US registered about 98,000 new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days according to data shared by Worldometer. Latin American countries Brazil, Argentina, and Columbia have ranked after India respectively in this category. India at a figure of ~7,40,000 is much ahead of the tally of Brazil. Read analysis about India’s second COVID-19 wave here.

The US donation is significant for the COVAX initiative; COVAX plans to deliver 2 billion doses of vaccines worldwide in 2021, and 1.8 billion doses to 92 lower-income economies by early 2022. Until 21 May only 150 million doses had been pledged for the COVAX’s holistic mission, and the recent US largesse makes now the United States the biggest benefactor of the cause by a mile. China and Russia are two other major countries involved in vaccine diplomacy. The recent donation of vaccines by the US towards the COVAX cause could be a motivating factor for other countries to follow vaccination giving, the path ahead for global equitable vaccination distribution might be treacherous and less traveled but suddenly less murky.

Recommended read under Insights : COVID-19 What did we learn.

This piece is part of the Global Byte series published regularly on The middle Road.

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