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Many countries turned to China, which has exported 350 million doses of its vaccines to dozens of nations, according to its Foreign Ministry.
"While Biden's plan is welcome, it is a small piece of the puzzle, and it doesn't help countries that are struggling now", said Fifa Rahman, who is a civil society representative on a World Health Organization body focused on increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines.
"We have had limited supply, and in recent weeks we've been using more vaccine than has been entering the country".
It's not just Pfizer vaccine doses the US government is donating. Just as with the 80 million doses we previously announced, the United States is providing these half million doses with no strings attached.
Routine child and adolescent vaccinations dropped in the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic, and an increase in the following months was not enough to regain lost ground, according to research published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
G7 leaders want to vaccinate the world by the end of 2022 to try to halt the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 3.9 million people, devastated the global economy and upended the normal lives of billions of people.
For instance, when exactly will those vaccines reach regions left behind in the global race and that are feeling the bite right now with deadly new waves of virus infections?
US public health advisers will meet to discuss a potential link between Covid-19 shots that use messenger RNA technology and heart inflammation after hundreds of vaccinated people experienced a condition called myocarditis.
The move to donate doses is also meant to encourage other USA allies to step up.
"We're going to help lead the world out of this pandemic working alongside our global partners", Biden said, adding that on Friday the G-7 nations would join the U.S.in outlining their vaccine donation commitments.
White House officials said the ramped-up distribution program fits a theme Biden plans to hit frequently during his week in Europe: that Western democracies, and not authoritarian states, can deliver the most good for the world.
As of June 9, Pfizer's vaccine is approved for everyone over the age of 11, while Moderna's is approved for everyone over the age of 17-the NACI no longer recommends anyone get a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but second doses are approved for those over the age of 39.
The annual production is estimated to reach between 500 million and 1 billion doses by the end of 2021, enhancing the fight against COVID-19 globally. They will be manufactured in the U.S., the officials said, "employing thousands of workers" in states like Michigan, Connecticut and MA.
To date 70% of the eligible population in the NWHU's coverage area has at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The White House has been under mounting pressure to donate the vaccines to other countries that are desperately in need.