The United States on Monday will begin shipping its first doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine abroad as part of the Biden administration’s pledge to donate millions of vaccine doses to other countries, a White House official told CNN.
The White House official states that the U.S. is shipping the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech to Peru. The first 2 million doses to be shipped abroad are part of the Biden administration’s promise to send millions of vaccine doses to other countries in need of the vaccine. The official said the vaccines are expected to arrive in Peru this week and are being shared directly from the U.S. on a bilateral basis.
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The official added that the U.S. will also ship 2.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Moderna to Pakistan through the World Health Organization’s global vaccination program COVAX, which works to provide lower-income countries with vaccines. “America will be the arsenal of vaccines in our fight against Covid-19, just as America was the arsenal of democracy during World War Two,” Biden said earlier this month.
Biden has framed US vaccine donations as both a moral imperative and as in the US’ self-interest, pointing out that the emergence of new variants around the world could present a threat to the US. “We’re doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic. That’s it. Period,” Biden said earlier this month, speaking from the United Kingdom during the G7 summit. Peru, who has lost 187,000 people to COVID-19, have fully vaccinated 2.9 million people as at 26 June 2021.