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US to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses globally

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If you got either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for your first dose, you may not receive the same brand for your second dose.

According to the source, 200 million doses enough to fully protect 100 million people would be shared this year, with the balance to be donated in the first half of 2022.

The administration of President Joe Biden is buying 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to distribute among other countries, USA media reported Wednesday citing people familiar with the matter.

It comes as US President Joe Biden said before leaving for the G7 summit in Cornwall that he would be announcing a vaccine strategy for the world. Biden's top Covid adviser, Jeff Zients, has been working on the deal for the last month, a person familiar said.

It's the first time the United States is sending doses of Moderna's vaccine.

Biden hinted at the announcement before boarding Air Force One bound for Britain to meet with leaders with the Group of 7 nations.

"This action sends an incredibly powerful message about America's commitment to helping the world fight this pandemic", said Tom Hart, acting chief executive of The ONE Campaign, a nonprofit working to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030.

"These deliveries will include, for the first time, doses from Moderna's USA supply chain". The White House earlier this year also pledged $4 billion to COVAX and urged other countries to boost donations as well.

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