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U.S. to donate 500 mil Pfizer vaccines to more than 90 countries

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By Steve Holland and Andrea Shalal

U.S. President Joe Biden plans to buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to more than 90 countries, while calling on the world's democracies to do their part to help end the deadly pandemic, the White House said.

The announcement of the vaccine donation - the largest ever by a single country - comes ahead of Biden's meeting with leaders of the other Group of Seven advanced economies - Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - in Cornwall, England.

"The goal of today's donation is to save lives and end the pandemic and will provide the foundation for additional actions to be announced in the coming days," the White House said.

U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech confirmed they will provide 200 million doses in 2021 and 300 million doses in the first half of 2022, which the United States will then distribute to 92 lower-income countries and the African Union.

The shots, which will be produced at Pfizer's U.S. production sites, will be provided at a not-for-profit price.

"Our partnership with the U.S. government will help bring hundreds of millions of doses of our vaccine to the poorest countries around the world as quickly as possible," said Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla.

The donation, first reported on Wednesday, was negotiated over the past four weeks by White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and the coronavirus task force team, a source familiar with the matter said.

It is meant to "supercharge the global fight against the pandemic," the White House said.

The pandemic has killed about 3.9 million people around the world, with the infection reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

The new donations come on top of some 80 million doses Washington has already pledged to donate by the end of June, and$2 billion in funding earmarked for the COVAX program led by the World Health Organization and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the White House said.

They will be part of the total U.S. commitment of $4 billion to COVAX announced earlier this year, a White House official said.

Washington is also taking steps to support local production of COVID-19 vaccines in other countries, including through its Quad initiative with Japan, India and Australia.

"President Biden has been clear that borders cannot keep this pandemic at bay and has vowed that our nation will be the arsenal of vaccines," the White House said.

Pfizer plans to produce the half a billion doses at its facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan; McPherson, Kansas; Chesterfield, Missouri; and Andover, Massachusetts, the White House said.

CNBC reported on Wednesday that the United States is also talking with Moderna Inc about buying some of its shots to donate to other countries.

A Moderna spokesperson said the company is interested in providing the U.S. government with COVID-19 shots for low- and middle-income countries, but declined to comment on any talks.

Biden's announcement comes amid mounting pressure for the United States, which has now given at least one shot to around 64% of its adult population, to boost donations of COVID-19 shots to other countries that are desperately seeking doses.

© Thomson Reuters 2021.

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America is always doing positive things for the world. Good on them!

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Amazing. So proud of Biden. Wonderful President!

6 ( +17 / -11 )

Michael Machida,

agreed, even more now than before (if you know what I mean).

And Erik Morales, right!!! What a change!!

6 ( +14 / -8 )

This is the real Operation Warp Speed. He's not just getting Americans vaccinated, He's vaccinating the world!

Hooray for Biden's Operation Warp Speed!

3 ( +16 / -13 )

A good move, not just to save lives, but also to reduce the speed at which new mutations emerge.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

Well done Biden. This is a good example of the human side of politics.

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I can’t think of any negatives about this.

I’m sure someone will chime in.

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Just more government spending. If you agree with it fine; but just breaking out in praise for a politician to spend more of your money is pretty simple.

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

I can’t think of any negatives about this.

I’m sure someone will chime in.

You called it.

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This is the USA we like !

Just more government spending. If you agree with it fine; but just breaking out in praise for a politician to spend more of your money is pretty simple.

In a worldwide economy, you also get money back from foreign countries when you invest in them.

Trump didn't understand that.

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And good on Pfizer, too. Drug companies are in a tough spot: they must spend huge capital to invest in drug research to produce medicines which may or may not turn out profitable. They might spend millions of dollars to develop a medicine life-saving for only a few dozen people or for like something like this. Government needs to socialize these companies to support them when they need it and take from them when required.

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Just more government spending. If you agree with it fine; but just breaking out in praise for a politician to spend more of your money is pretty simple.

Spending money to help people is good in my books.

You spent a lot of time telling us how Biden was going to be a warmonger. Delivery on vaccines that will go to waste is probably cheaper than bombs. Care to clarify that?

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That is extremely welcomed by receiving countries.

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The principal investors in drug development differ at each stage. While basic discovery research is funded primarily by government and by philanthropic organizations, late-stage development is funded mainly by pharmaceutical companies or venture capitalists.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK50972/

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Seems the usual suspects don’t like the US winning. I’m not American but I can cheer for them. Odd.

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Seems the usual suspects don’t like the US winning. I’m not American but I can cheer for them. Odd.

Deep inside every freedom loving person is an American. s/

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So how much does 500 million doses cost, where is the money coming from (infrastructure?) and what is expected in return?

No, really.... what is expected in return?

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

Don't give expecting something in return.

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No, really.... what is expected in return?

You clearly don’t understand the benefits of soft power.

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its a legitimate question unlike your wall nonsense.

No really smart in diplomacy, right ?

Next time you want to sell a bunch of F-19, what do remind to the foreign president ?

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meant F-16

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In a worldwide economy, you also get money back from foreign countries when you invest in them.

Trump didn't understand that.

He understands it. Both Russia and trump understands. The problem was the only people getting something back was the Russians and his family.

ByeDon has been showing real leadership in only six months in office. He is hoping to improve the reputation of the US that was destroyed over the last four years and in particular the last 18 months.

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Joe does good. He’s happy with an ice cream and the glow of human kindness.

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It's an old column, but with Republicans still around, it's evergreen.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/i-dont-know-how-to-explain-to-you-that-you-should_b_59519811e4b0f078efd98440

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U.S. President Joe Biden plans to buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to more than 90 countries, while calling on the world's democracies to do their part to help end the deadly pandemic, the White House said.

biden is buying 500 million doses of vaccine? No, the taxpayers are. Sorry Joe - you didn’t build that. Trump and the American people did.

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Now, the US doing it, I understand. They have nearly 70% of the population vaccinated, and this week vaccinations are in a steep decline. Japan giving it away, while helping others is always admirable, on the other hand, makes no sense since only 3% or so of the population has been vaxxed so far.

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This is the America that I love.

A few thoughts......

500 million doses is a lot, but on the other hand, it is not nearly enough. The world needs billions of doses, in a hurry. If everyone were to get the two-dose vaccines, that would require almost 16 billion doses (2 times 8 billion). Ideally, the drug companies and the USA will keep ramping up production, until the job gets done.

The next area to ramp up production would be Europe, I think, once they get themselves on a sure footing.

China has the capacity to produce a lot of vaccines, but they need to abandon the domestically produced shots that work less than half the time, and switch over to the shots that work 95% of the time, or invent something just as good.

Russia has become something of a Third World country, and is unlikely to invent a good vaccine. If they did convert over to one of the good vaccines, they would have a difficult time making it in large numbers.

When India finally is able to make enough vaccines for themselves, they might start making doses for export.

If Brazil had a competent government, they could help control this pandemic, but right now that is just wishful thinking.

I don't know what happened to Japan during this pandemic. They are a highly industrialized country, with a very educated work force, but so far have relied on luck to keep the virus under control. What happened in India could have happened in Japan. Japan should be one of the leaders in the fight against the pandemic, and it is disappointing that it is not.

Seems to me that Singapore and/or South Korea could have done more to become vaccine producers and exporters.

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20% of Japan vaccinated.

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Since Nov 3, the GOP and republicans have failed at everything. They are a ball of confusion like headless chickens running around in the Capitol Building trying to understand their massive defeat when they had thought it was a done deal and no way was Trump going to lose. Guess what it was like the GOP was hit with a meteorite.

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The 21st century world has seen what a pandemic looks like, and now needs to respond appropriately.

Every country with the brainpower and money to do so needs to create and maintain an infrastructure to analyze new contagions, to develop, test, and approve treatments and vaccines, and then be prepared to mass produce and distribute the necessary medicines.

Being willing to purchase medicines from other countries is great, but it means that one's own people have to wait until the medicines become available.

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Absolutely brilliant ! Thank you USA ! China started it America will end it.

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500 Mil.!! YES, and thank you for being the LIGHTENING ROD America.

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BlacklabelToday  05:24 pm JST

So how much does 500 million doses cost, where is the money coming from (infrastructure?) and what is expected in return?

No, really.... what is expected in return?

This is world first and not Trump first. But to be fair Trump would have donated 500M doses of Mr. Clean, so that in fact would be cheaper than real medicine. Remember that viruses don't care about Trump walls. They don't even need shovels. You can't put them in cages unlike Trump with little children

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Every country with the brainpower and money to do so needs to create and maintain an infrastructure to analyze new contagions, to develop, test, and approve treatments and vaccines, and then be prepared to mass produce and distribute the necessary medicines.

i’m from the Cold War era. It’s these same countries that allocated significant resources to some very imaginative pathogen research.

This present day generation will soon discover just how robust that activity remains.

Meet the new century. Same as the old one.

Class dismissed.

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This isn't just about the US being nice.

It is about stopping covid world-wide. Humans travel. If we don't get the virus under control ASAP, there will be hundreds to thousands of variants. That's bad for the entire world, including the USA, Europe, China, and Japan.

The US is over their "hump". People interested in being vaccinated have been already, so being helpful to the rest of the world is politically much easier.

China has been donating vaccines to places for a long time. Good on them for doing what they can, for longer.

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500M for 90 countries

Wow,Good Business Idea.

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"Just more government spending. If you agree with it fine; but just breaking out in praise for a politician to spend more of your money is pretty simple."

As one of those American taxpayers, I'd much rather my taxes be spent on this than on a useless wall a seven-year old can breach.

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The US doesn't need all those extra vaccines anymore. And the remaining unvaccinated Americans are reluctant or taking their sweet time to take it

The faster other countries' economies recover, the faster they can afford to buy American products again

And when given the choice, more people in the world tend to trust the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, than the Chinese and Russian vaccines, due to more scrutiny and more information being open

So it makes sense for the US to do this

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Great well done, imagine Trump commenting about this: "Noooo !!!, those vaccines are mine, mibne, mien !!!".. LOL !!..

So how much does 500 million doses cost, where is the money coming from (infrastructure?) and what is expected in return?

No, really.... what is expected in return?

After Trump kicked off the entire vaccine development and production, the Biden administration falls short and gets beaten by China and Russia in spreading influence by donating vaccines to low-income countries.Too little too late Joe.

Trump would have not allowed Russia and China to get ahead in spreading global influence, and he would have already donated vaccines to countries in need.

Biden once again shows weakened US international leadership, as China and Russia prominence continues to emerge.

Hey guys, The United States is doing something good for the world, why criticism and sadness??.. Why not overcome that Trump lost the elections fairly and that now an honest and competent President is in charge.. Get over it kids..

1 ( +1 / -0 )

So much for China’s “wolf warrior diplomacy”

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