Biden administration releases plan on sharing 25 million vaccine doses

June 4, 2021

The Biden Administration detailed its plan for sharing 25 million COVID-19 vaccine doses globally by the end of June.

The doses are part of a total of 80 million doses that the administration had previously said it planned to distribute globally. 

The United States plans to share 75% of the 80 million doses of vaccines through COVAX, which supplies vaccine doses to low- and middle-income countries. For doses shared through COVAX, the United States said it twill prioritize Latin America and the Caribbean, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa, in coordination with the African Union.  

The remaining 25% of doses will be shared directly “with countries in need, those experiencing surges, immediate neighbors, and other countries that have requested immediate U.S. assistance,” the White House said.

Of the first 25 million doses, 19 million will be shared through COVAX, with the following allocations:

·        Approximately 6 million for countries in South and Central America, including Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Haiti, and other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, as well as the Dominican Republic.

·         Approximately 7 million to countries and entities in Asia, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, and the Pacific Islands.

·         Approximately 5 million for Africa to be shared with countries that will be selected in coordination with the African Union.

·         Approximately 6 million will be targeted toward regional priorities and partner recipients, including Mexico, Canada, and the Republic of Korea, West Bank and Gaza, Ukraine, Kosovo, Haiti, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, India, Iraq, and Yemen, as well as for United Nations frontline workers. 

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