India will get 80 million of the coronavirus vaccine under the United Nations-backed ‘Covax’ Global Vaccine Common Program. A senior official of the US State Department gave this information. US President Joe Biden announced on June 2 that his country, along with South and Southeast Asian countries, would allocate about 19 million of the 25 million vaccines from its stockpile to Africa through the Covax program.
The move is part of his administration’s aim to allocate 80 million vaccines worldwide by the end of June. According to the information given by the White House, about 1.9 crore vaccines will be allocated through Kovax. State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday, “I do not have accurate information about when the vaccine will reach India. Obviously India will get 80 million vaccines and according to my knowledge about 60 lakh vaccines have been given to this region.
Staying committed to helping India: Ned Price
Price said, we know that this epidemic has had a great impact on India and we have helped with these vaccines. Helped even before this announcement of sharing the vaccine. We committed to working closely with our partners in India to help them combat this pandemic. Responding to a question, he said that the Biden administration stands firm on its commitment to helping the Indian government and people deal with the pandemic. The US has also delivered $100 million worth of life-saving drugs in recent weeks.
US to buy vaccine for 92 low-income countries
Earlier, the US has announced that it will buy 500 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to donate the Kovid vaccine next year to the 92 countries that have been reduced through Covax and the African Union. Joe Biden can also make an announcement in this regard during the G7 summit. It has been told that 200 million doses of the vaccine will be donated this year, while the remaining doses will be given during the first six months of 2022.
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