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The United States has thus far administered 160 million doses to impoverished countries with vaccination rates far below the standard of wealthier countries, with over 400 million on the way. Biden reportedly has plans to announce at a White House COVID-19 summit on Wednesday that the U.S. is ordering 500 million additional doses designated for donation from Pfizer.
This puts America’s contribution at over 1 billion doses, which is still much less than the 11 billion the World Health Organization estimates will be needed to reach 70% of the world's population.
Low vaccination rates in impoverished countries worry global leaders, with many at the Tuesday opening of the United Nations General Assembly urging wealthy countries to increase their donations of vaccine doses. The U.N. also wants 70% of each country’s population vaccinated before the U.N. meeting next September.
“A majority of the wealthier world is vaccinated. Over 90% of Africans are still waiting for their first dose,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “This is a moral indictment of the state of our world.”
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Original Author: Virginia Aabram