Biden scraps plans to donate Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine overseas


The word "COVID-19" is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020.

The 80 million doses are the first major United States donation internationally, and build on 4.2 million doses "loaned" to Mexico and Canada earlier this year.

The White House said it wanted the doses to be prioritized for healthcare workers and those who are most at risk.

Only about 5 percent of Pakistan's roughly 216 million residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to Our World in Data, which tracks publicly available figures.

14 million doses, or 25% of the next batch, will be shared directly with "regional priorities" in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, such as Afghanistan, the West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Georgia and more.

"We have plenty of doses to share with the world, but this is a Herculean logistical challenge". To that end, ahead of the G7, Biden announced that the United States will purchase half a billion Pfizer doses and donate them to 92 low- and lower middle-income countries and members of the African Union. "We will continue to announce as they land on the ground and as they are being shipped, and we're looking forward to doing that as quickly as possible", she said.

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It generally is frowned upon for anyone to reveal the contents of their private talks with the Queen. US President Joe Biden and Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on June 13, in Windsor , England.

The state of play: The White House had previously named the recipients of the first 25 million of the 80 million doses that the us has pledged to export, as it took its first step toward becoming a global vaccine supplier.

The numbers were compiled Friday by Kyodo News based on data from Gavi, an alliance of governments, worldwide organizations, companies and charities that promote the COVAX program in cooperation with the World Health Organization, as well as from Association of Southeast Asian Nations governments.

While the exact allocation for India has not been spelt out yet, the country is likely to get not more than 1 million or 2 million doses in the second tranche of the 55 million doses, according to initial estimates. To that end, ahead of the G7, President Biden announced that the U.S. will purchase half-a-billion Pfizer doses and donate them to 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries and members of the African Union.

In addition, the White House on Monday announced approximately 16 million doses of the vaccines to the following Asian countries: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Maldives, Bhutan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Cambodia, and the Pacific Islands.

The vaccines being shared with Covax include 14 million for Latin America and the Caribbean, approximately 16 million to Asia, and 10 million for Africa in coordination with the African Union.