The United States President Joe Biden‘s government has closed a deal with Pfizer for 500 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine. The United States is likely to distribute 200 million doses this year and another 300 million in the next year. The donations will go through the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization’s (GAVI) COVAX vaccine program that distributes Covid-19 vaccines to low and middle-income countries.
Biden is likely to announce the deal on June 10 at the G7 summit. The report also told that the deal was negotiated by White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and the coronavirus task force team. Meanwhile, Biden happily announced that “the United States is back!” as he kicked off his first overseas tour as US president, urging global collaboration and agree to rebuild after Covid and reset diplomatic ties. On the way, Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters aboard Air Force One that the president would kick things off with news of a major vaccine-sharing initiative. Doses will be aimed at developing countries, calling the US-led initiative “the right thing to do,” he said.