US allocates 16 million COVID-19 vaccines to Asia including India under COVAX facility «

US allocates 16 million COVID-19 vaccines to Asia including India under COVAX facility

The White House on Monday maintained that the Joe Biden-led US administration has announced the allocation plan for 55 million of the 80 million doses of America’s own vaccine supply to the world. These allocations will start by the end of June.

For these 80 million doses, the US will share 75 per cent through COVAX and 25 per cent will be targeted to help deal with surges around the world, the statement said further.

Earlier this month, the US administration announced the plan for the first 25 million doses that it has begun shipping, and the June 21 announcement completes the list for the remaining 55 million doses, it stated.

For all of these doses, those most at risk, such as health care workers, should be prioritized, based on national vaccine plans, the statement added.

Allotting the rest of the 55 million vaccines to be shared globally, the US will share 41 million vaccines through the COVAX facility and the rest 14 million will be shared with US’s regional priorities and other recipients, the White House said.

Out of the 41 million to be shared under COVAX facility, 14 million have been allocated for Latin America and the Caribbean countries and approximately 16 million for Asia that includes India, the statement noted.

About 10 million under the COVAX facility will be shared with Africa, it added.

The 14 million vaccines allocated to countries under the COVAX facility for Latin America and the Caribbean are Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Costa Rica.

The recipients in Asia to get 16 million doses are India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Bhutan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, Cambodia, and the Pacific Islands.

The recipients of the 15 million doses out of 55 million to be shared with US priorities and other recipients Colombia, Argentina, Haiti, other CARICOM countries, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Panama, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Cabo Verde, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Oman, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Georgia, Moldova, and Bosnia.

In addition to sharing doses from its own vaccine supply, the Biden Administration is also committed to work with US manufacturers to produce more vaccines to share with the world, the White House statement mentioned.

Source : India News Network