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The Guardian Weekly - 2021-06-11

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Joe Biden details plan to share vaccines with world

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Joe Biden outlined how the US plans to share 80m Covid-19 vaccine doses with other countries, saying the first 25m doses will be distributed across Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. After months of pressure from the international community, the Biden administration said last month that it intended to send the doses of US-approved coronavirus vaccines overseas by the end of June, but did not outline which continents or countries would benefit until now. Of the first 25m tranche to be sent overseas, Biden said 19m will be shared through Covax, the global vaccine-sharing initiative, with about 7m doses going to Latin America and the Caribbean, some 7m going to south and south-east Asia, and approximately 5m to Africa. The doses would mark a substantial boost to the lagging Covax effort, which to date has shared just 76m doses with countries in need. The remaining 6m will be directed by the White House to US allies and partners around the world, as well as for United Nations frontline workers.

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