“We’re taking a major step that will supercharge the global fight against this pandemic. At my direction, the United States will purchase an additional half billion doses from Pfizer — the Pfizer vaccine — that we’ll donate [to] nearly 100 low- and lower-middle-income countries. They will be the beneficiaries,” United States President Joe Biden said at Tregenna Castle Resort Cornwall, United Kingdom.
US President Biden is in UK for the G7 summit.
“That’s a historic step. The largest single purchase and donation of COVID-19 vaccines by any single country ever,” Biden noted. “Just as with the 80 million doses we previously announced, the United States is providing these half [billion] doses with no strings attached. Let me say it again: with no strings attached.”
“Our vaccine donations don’t include pressure for favors or potential concessions. We’re doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic. That’s it. Period,” he added.
“These half a billion vaccines will start to be shipped in August as quickly as they roll off the manufacturing line. Two hundred million of these doses will be delivered this year, in 2021, and 300 million more will be delivered in the first half of 2022,” he said.