The Biden government is in talks with Pfizer to develop and distribute 500 million new doses of the corona vaccine to other countries. This brings the total US donation to $ 1.15 billion, a tenth of what the world needs.
According to reports New York TimesThe deal has not yet been finalized, but talks are under way as the White House announces that Mr Biden will host an international meeting for Cowid-19 in the coming days on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. At the summit, the US President will ask other countries to think about poor countries that need the help of rich countries.
Negotiations with Pfizer also take place in a situation where many experts have criticized Joe Biden for his plan to inject a third dose of the vaccine into American citizens. Hours ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee rejected a proposal to inject a boosted dose of the vaccine to the general public and only recommended injections for people over 65 or people at risk.
Jeff Zeintz, the government’s co-ordinator in the face of the Corona virus, declined to comment specifically on the talks. He merely says that talking about how to help the 100 countries in dire need of vaccines will be a very important topic at the UN General Assembly.
Mr. Biden’s summit on Covid-19 will be the largest summit to address the Corona crisis. White House officials say the president will draw attention to the urgent issue of the Corona epidemic and, more seriously, call on world leaders to end the crisis.
The White House drafted a letter to those invited to the Covid-19 summit urging heads of state to vaccinate 70 percent of the world’s population before meeting again at the next UN General Assembly in September next year. Experts say we need at least 11 billion doses of vaccine to achieve collective immunity to the corona virus. The United States has already donated more than 600 million doses of the vaccine to other countries and is working to send more doses to countries in need.