Uncle Sam to the rescue! US to buy 500 million COVID-19 ‘for the world’

An engineer works at the Quality Control Laboratory on an experimental vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. – Sinovac Biotech. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

Between now and 2022, the United States will be providing 500 million doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to about 100 countries. This will be shared through the global COVAX alliance for lower-income countries and the African Union.

This news comes as the Joe Biden administration faces pressure for hoarding vaccines and is accused of not doing enough to assist poor countries.

The news was reported by US media, and comes just before President Biden goes on his first foreign trip as US president.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that President Biden was committed to sharing vaccines for the good of public health, and US interests.

“As he said in his joint session (address), we were the ‘arsenal of democracy’ in World War II,” Sullivan said. “We’re going to be the ‘arsenal of vaccines’ over this next period to help end the pandemic.”

Biden is expected to make the official announcement on Thursday (June 10) before the start of the Group of Seven summit.

When asked by But when asked if the US government had a vaccination strategy for the world, Biden said: “I have one, and I’ll be announcing it,” before boarding Air Force One.