The United States has donated over 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to more than 100 countries around the world, the White House said on Thursday.
“Today, the United States reached an important milestone. We have donated and delivered 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world,” Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a White House press briefing, describing it as another milestone as the United States continues to lead the world in vaccine donations.
“Donating vaccines is one urgent effort we are taking to tackle this pandemic globally. And we’ve committed to donate 1.2 billion, along with lifesaving assistance, to countries in need to enhance their ability to get shots into arms,” Jean-Pierre said. “We also reiterate support for an intellectual property waiver and bolstering manufacturing here at home and abroad.”
She called on other countries and members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to step up.
“As we recognize this milestone, it’s clear that the world must do more in our global COVID-19 response. Other countries must step up, like the United States, and act with more urgency to stamp out the various — the virus everywhere. We also need every WTO member to step up as well and support an intellectual property waiver, and every company must act ambitiously and urgently to expand manufacturing now,” Jean-Pierre added.
The Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Samantha Power, the 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses “have helped bring health and hope to millions of people, but our work is far from over.”
“To end the pandemic, and prevent the emergence of new variants, as well as future outbreaks within our nation’s borders, we must continue to do our part to help vaccinate the world. Over the next year, USAID and COVAX will do even more by building on our progress to date, donating more than one billion U.S.-made doses to low- and lower-middle-income countries,” she said. “These vaccines will help save lives, protect livelihoods, and heal economies currently battered by this pandemic. But they are not the only tool at our disposal. Even as we support accelerated vaccination efforts, USAID is also helping countries to save lives now through the provision of oxygen services, testing, medical treatment, PPE for health workers, and by supporting efforts to reduce COVID-19 transmission. By strengthening the health systems of the countries that receive these vaccines, we can help prevent future pandemics.”
Power added, “Today, Americans have 200 million reasons to be proud. USAID is honored to be at the forefront of this global vaccination effort unprecedented in scale, speed, and complexity, to counter the worst pandemic in modern history. By continuing to work in partnership with the global community, I am confident we can secure and sustain a more healthy, peaceful, and prosperous world.”