US President Joe Biden announced ‘Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing’ for the first 25 million doses to be shared globally. Out of total doses, about 7 million doses allocated for Asia, including Nepal.
Announcing its framework for sharing at least 80 million U.S. vaccine doses globally by the end of June and the plan for the first 25 million doses, the US government pledged to share 75% of these vaccines through COVAX.
Out of the first 25 million doses, approximately 7 million doses will be allocated for Asian countries including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, and the Pacific Islands, reads the fact sheet.
As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world, says the document.
This vaccine strategy is a vital component of our overall global strategy to lead the world in the fight to defeat COVID-19, including emergency public health assistance and aid to stop the spread and building global public health capacity and readiness to beat not just this pandemic but also the next one, adds the document. The sharing of millions of US vaccines with other countries signals a major commitment by the US government, the fact sheet reads.
“Just like in the United States, we will move as expeditiously as possible, while abiding by US and host country regulatory and legal requirements, to facilitate the safe and secure transport of vaccines across international borders,” says the fact sheet.