A shout-out to US president Joe Biden for offering to double the number of Pfizer vaccines that his country is donating to developing nations, bringing the total to 1 billion. This is by far the largest donation any country in the world has pledged. 😁 And it’s about time: vaccine hoarding by first world countries while developing nations struggle to access stock is disgusting. Biden is seeking to expand and accelerate global vaccination efforts and has pleaded with other leaders to help low- and middle income nations vaccinate at least 70% of their populations by September 2022.
“For every one shot we’ve administered to date in America, we have now committed to do three shots to the rest of the world,” said Biden.
The initiative will be run via COVAX, the innovative vaccine sharing agreement that got us excited at the start of the pandemic but has been hamstrung because many richer nations have refused to play fair. We’re glad to see even a slow shift towards vaccine equity! We’re not the only ones. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has described rich nations’ hoarding as “a moral indictment of the state of our world” and “an obscenity”.