U.S. to buy 500 mn Pfizer jabs, share with lower income countries

U.S. to buy 500 mn Pfizer jabs, share with lower income countries

Around 200 million doses will go out in 2021 and 300 million will be distributed in the first half of 2022.

Canada's procurement minister announced Wednesday that the country is set to receive seven million doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine through June.

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study finds the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, reduce the risk of infection by 91% for fully vaccinated people.

The US has faced mounting pressure to outline its global vaccine sharing plan. "Rather than more lucrative transactions with very profitable pharmaceutical corporations, we need a transformation toward more distributed vaccine manufacturing so that qualified producers worldwide can produce billions more low-priced doses on their own terms, without intellectual property constraints".

"These deliveries will include, for the first time, doses from Moderna's USA supply chain".

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The White House and Pfizer declined to comment. Sinopharm has been approved by the World Health Organisation.

The U.S. president told reporters before boarding Air Force One for Britain that he had a global vaccine strategy and would be announcing it but did not offer details.

Sullivan said Wednesday that he does not expect the USA push to waive the patents on vaccines to cause tension with European counterparts.

More Saskatchewan residents will be eligible to get a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.

"To be clear, that is the minimum number of doses were anticipate to receive within that timeframe".

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