The Quad partnership is on track to produce at least one billion doses of vaccine in India by 2022, US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday, saying nothing was more urgent than working together to defeat COVID-19 so that the world is much better prepared for the future. pandemics.
The United States and its international partners are working quickly to scale up vaccine manufacturing in other countries around the world so they can manufacture as well, Biden said in his virtual address to the World Summit to End COVID-19 .
“We are working with partner countries, pharmaceutical companies and other manufacturers to increase their own capacities and capacities to produce and manufacture safe and highly effective vaccines in their own countries,” said Mr. Biden.
“For example, our Quad partnership with India, Japan and Australia is on track to help produce at least 1 billion doses of vaccine in India to increase global supply by the end of 2022 And we are providing funding and helping to scale up manufacturing in South Africa, and produce over 500 million doses of J&J in Africa for Africa next year, ”he said.
Saying that nothing is more urgent than all working together to defeat COVID-19 and that the world will be much better prepared for future pandemics, Mr Biden said he was keeping the promise that America would become the arsenal of vaccines as it was the arsenal of democracy during World War II.
The United States has already shipped nearly 160 million doses to 100 countries, more than all other countries combined. US donations of half a billion Pfizer vaccines via COVAX, which he announced ahead of the G-7 summit in June, have already started to ship, Biden said at the virtual White House summit .
“Today I am announcing another historic pledge. The United States purchases another half a billion doses of Pfizer to donate to low- and middle-income countries around the world. That’s another half a billion. doses that will all be shipped within the next year or so, and that brings our total donation commitment to over 1.1 billion donated vaccines, ”Biden said.
“In other words, for every injection we have given to date in America, we are now committed to doing three in the rest of the world,” he said and thanked Pfizer and its CEO and Chairman. , Albert Bourla, for their help. in this regard.
“They have been and continue to be partners and the leader in this fight. The United States leads the world in vaccine donation. In doing so, we need other high-income countries to provide their supplies. own ambitious vaccine donations and This is why we are launching the EU-US Vaccine Partnership today to work more closely together and with our partners and to expand global vaccinations, ”Biden said.
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