Biden pledges $4bn for global Covid-19 vaccine program

People waiting for their turn to be inoculated in Los Angeles. The vaccination roll-out in the US has been hit by storms that blanketed much of the nation in snow and ice. Communities are now uncertain when the next doses will arrive and appointments

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The move highlights Biden's different approach to global affairs after former President Donald Trump withdrew from the World Health Organization and signed an executive order prioritizing vaccines for Americans before helping other countries. S. would contribute to COVAX. The money has already been appropriated by Congress.

The US is committed to working through COVAX to ensure "equitable distribution of vaccines and funding globally", White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

It remains to be seen how G-7 allies will take Biden's calls for greater global cooperation on vaccine distribution given that the U.

It remains to be seen how G7 allies will receive the U.S. move, given that the USA refused to take part in the initiative under Mr Trump.

Dr Moeti briefed Health Ministers on the region's overall state of readiness for Africa's largest-ever immunisation drive, planned vaccines delivery dates and next steps, including documentation required by COVAX related to regulatory readiness, indemnity and liability agreements so vaccine manufacturers can schedule shipment dates.

"Even if we accomplish a good degree of vaccination to establish what we call herd immunity in the United States, there's always the clear and present danger if the rest of the world has a raging outbreak", said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government's top expert on infectious diseases, in a recent interview with "L.A. Times Today," a daily show produced in partnership with Spectrum News 1. S. and European nations to allocate up to 5% of current vaccine supplies to developing countries the kind of vaccine diplomacy that China and Russian Federation have begun deploying.

Canada has been getting all its Pfizer doses from a company facility in Puurs, Belgium, and has experienced disruptions in supply.

Covax also announced last month it would provide between 4.9 million and 8.2 million vaccine doses to Vietnam within the first half of this year.

In an analysis of current supply deals for COVID-19 vaccines, the ONE Campaign said wealthy countries, such as the United States and Britain, should share the excess doses to "supercharge" a fully global response to the pandemic.

"When we have a sufficient supply, it's our intention to consider donating surplus vaccines", one of the officials said.

For the 92 lower- and lower-middle income economies involved in Covax, funding is covered through donations, while for richer countries, buying into bulk purchases operates like a back-up insurance policy for their own vaccination programmes. World Health Organization says COVAX needs $5 billion in 2021. Almost 130 countries, with 2.5 billion people, have yet to administer a single dose, the group said on February 10, which Unicef called a "self-defeating strategy" that will give further opportunity for the virus to mutate.

Group of Seven leaders will be discussing global coordination on ending the deadly and disruptive pandemic when they meet virtually on Friday.

Biden is also scheduled to deliver a virtual address to the Munich Security Conference on Friday before traveling to MI to visit Pfizer's vaccine manufacturing facility.