(PresidentialInsider.com)- America will soon share a portion of their excess COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the world that need them.
On Monday, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. would share 20 million more doses of the vaccines that have been authorized for use here in America. That includes doses of all three vaccines currently in use — Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
These vaccines will be sent out by the end of next month, Biden said. This is in addition to the 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine the U.S. will send to other countries once the Food and Drug Administration clears the vaccine.
The eventual conclusion by the FDA that the AstraZeneca vaccine is indeed safe doesn’t have a timeline right now.
In an address Biden gave on Monday, he said:
“We know America will never be fully safe until the pandemic that’s raging globally is under control. No ocean’s wide enough, no wall is high enough, to keep us safe.”
The president pledged that America would become an “arsenal” of global vaccine supply in the near future. The 80 million doses that will be sent overseas by the end of June will represent 30% of the vaccines produced by the U.S. by that time.
“This will be more vaccines than any country has shared to date, five times more than any other country. More than Russia and China, which have donated 15 million doses.”
Unlike those other two countries Biden mentioned, the president said the U.S. wouldn’t use its excess supply to try to leverage favors from other countries that desperately need the vaccines doses.
“We want to lead the world with our values. With this demonstration of our innovation and ingenuity, and the fundamental decency of American people, we’ll share these vaccines in service of ending the pandemic everywhere.
“We have the vaccine. We’ve secured enough supply to vaccinate all adults and children above the age of 12. Over the past 118 days, our vaccination program has led the world. And today, we’re taking an additional step to help the world.”
The effort to share the vaccines with other countries will be a joint effort between the State Department and the National Security Council. Jeff Zients, the COVID-19 response coordinator for the White House, will lead the push.
Initially, the Biden administration hesitated to share the excess vaccine supply. They hoped to hold onto these extra doses to vaccinate children and to hold onto in case there was a future hiccup in production.
The supply of vaccines in America has improved dramatically in recent weeks, though, while it’s also getting much worse in other countries. The first outreach effort from America occurred in March, when Biden sent 4 million AstraZeneca doses to Mexico and Canada.
The best part about sharing those doses is that they aren’t even approved for use in the U.S. So, sending those extra doses to other countries doesn’t even deplete America’s usable vaccine supplies.