FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Milestone in Administration’s Global Immunization Efforts: Over 100 Million Doses of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Donated and Shipped Overseas
Building on last week’s announcement of the additional steps we’re taking to stop the spread of the Delta variant and get more people vaccinated in the United States, President Biden will provide an update on another key part of his strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic: stop the spread of the virus abroad. As part of our strategy to achieve this, the president has pledged that the United States will be a vaccine arsenal for the world and act with the same urgency to combat the virus abroad as it does here at home. Today, the President will announce that the United States has donated and shipped more than 110 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines to more than 60 countries – a milestone that consolidates the United States as a world leader in COVID-19 vaccine donation. According to the United Nations, this is more than donations from all other countries put together and reflects the generosity of the American spirit.
In June, the president pledged to donate at least 80 million vaccines from the U.S. supply to countries around the world, and he pledged to keep sharing as much as we can. Today’s announcement is a fulfillment of its promise and a significant down payment on the hundreds of millions of additional doses that the United States will deliver in the coming weeks. The United States was able to share those doses because of the president’s aggressive action when he took office to get enough vaccines for all Americans. The majority of these vaccines – made in the United States – were shipped via COVAX. The United States has also worked closely with key regional partners, including the African Union and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
These more than 110 million doses – which are already saving lives around the world – are just the beginning of the Administration’s efforts to deliver vaccines to the world. Starting at the end of the month, the administration will begin shipping half a billion doses of Pfizer that the United States has pledged to purchase and donate to 100 low-income countries in need.
The Biden Administration’s Approach to Sharing US Vaccines: Our goals are to increase global COVID-19 vaccine coverage, prepare for outbreaks and prioritize healthcare workers and other vulnerable populations based on public health data and recognized best practices, and help our neighbors and other countries in need. It is important to note that the United States has not and will not use its vaccines to gain favor from other countries. Our goal is to save lives.
The administration is looking at various factors, including rates of COVID-19 cases, death rates and hospitalizations; current vaccination rates; surge responses; and the capacity of a country to receive vaccines and draw weapons.
We will continue to work with COVAX, regional partners such as the African Union and CARICOM, and other partners to ensure that these vaccines are administered fairly and in accordance with scientific and public health evidence. It’s a unique moment in history, and it takes American leadership, science and ingenuity, perseverance, and we’re showing that we can get results for people around the world.
To date, the United States has donated COVID-19 vaccines as follows:
|El Salvador||3,000,000||Republic of Korea||1,012,000|
|Gambia||302,000||Sri Lanka||1.5 million|
|Guinea Bissau||302,000||Tajikistan||1.5 million|