The United States has promised to purchase another 500 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to pass them to other countries. Deliveries will begin in January 2022, according to the press service of the White House.
“Today, President Biden will announce that the U.S. is donating an additional half a billion Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to low and lower-middle income countries around the globe, with shipments starting in January 2022,” the statement reads.
The White House said that with this batch, the total number of doses of vaccines the United States intend to donate exceeds 1.1 billion doses. The US Presidential Administration also added that to date, the United States has sent nearly 160 million doses of the vaccine to 100 countries, donating more vaccines than all other countries combined, "for free and with zero strings attached”.
As it was reported earlier, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a booster dose of Pfizer to people over 65, as well as people at high risk of serious illness, and those who are exposed to the virus.