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By Trevor Hunnicutt and Carl O’Donnell
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer (NYSE:) coronavirus vaccine doses to about 100 international locations over the subsequent two years, three sources acquainted with the matter advised Reuters.
The US is prone to distribute 200 million pictures this yr and 300 million within the first half of subsequent yr, they mentioned.
It would donate them to 92 lower-income international locations and the African Union, they added.
The donations will undergo the COVAX vaccine facility that distributes COVID-19 pictures to low- and middle-income international locations and is backed by the World Well being Group (WHO) and the International Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).
U.S. President Joe Biden will announce the deal on Thursday on the Group of Seven assembly of the world’s wealthiest international locations in Britain, one of many individuals mentioned.
The deal was negotiated over the previous 4 weeks by White Home COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and the coronavirus job drive group, one of many sources mentioned.
The White Home and Pfizer declined to remark.
The U.S. president advised reporters earlier than boarding Air Drive One for Britain that he had a worldwide vaccine technique and could be asserting it however didn’t provide particulars.
The New York Instances reported that the US will purchase the doses at a “not-for-profit” value, citing individuals acquainted with the deal. In addition they reported that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla will accompany Biden throughout the announcement.
The settlement is along with the 300 million pictures the US has already bought from Pfizer and brings the overall variety of Pfizer/BioNTech pictures bought by the US to 800 million, the Instances mentioned.
The Biden administration had mentioned it could share 80 million vaccine doses worldwide by the top of June.
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