Biden plans to call on world leaders to donate one billion shots of the Covid-19 vaccine to the goal of immunizing 70% of the world’s population.
The proposal was made in an invitation to US President Joe Biden to world leaders to attend a summit on Covid-19 vaccines scheduled to be held next week.
The United States will also call on countries to fund and distribute one billion test kits by 2022, and accelerate its pledge to deliver two billion doses of the previously announced vaccine, the invitation was released on September 14. said. In the invitation, the data on the vaccine, this test kit is called the “expected target”.
The Covid-19 vaccine summit was organized by Biden on the occasion of world leaders attending the session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The US President will also attend this session on September 21.
The call for donations for a Covid-19 vaccine comes as Biden seeks to quell international criticism of a US booster shot this month that would see Americans get a third shot while many other people in the world have not received the first injection.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom urged rich countries to postpone booster shots until 2022. Biden’s booster shot plan will start September 20 if approved by regulators America gives the green light.
Biden previously pushed for a pledge to fund one billion doses of the vaccine at the G7 summit in June, of which the US would provide half. However, G7 members only agreed to a pledge to fund a total of 613 million doses of the vaccine.
The US President also urged India to quickly resume vaccine exports, but the South Asian country said it has no plans to ship vaccines to foreign countries before 2022. India is a major vaccine producer, but has stopped exporting. this commodity at the beginning of the year when facing a severe outbreak with the number of infections skyrocketing.
Some countries are pressing the US to relax intellectual property protections related to Covid-19 vaccines or facilitate technology transfer agreements to expand vaccine production.
Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s global trade tracking program, said Biden’s latest vaccine donation drive was not enough.
“The goals of the summit hosted by Biden are not asking for much from the pharmaceutical corporations, but rather increasing spending so they continue what they are doing as monopolies and limited supply.” Wallach said.
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