President Joe Biden announced Monday that his administration will send an additional 20 million Covid-19 vaccines abroad by the end of June, including for the first time vaccines that have been approved for use in the United States.
Biden announced that his country will send 20 million US-approved COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) overseas by the end of June.
“Our vaccination program has led the world, and today we are taking an additional step to help the world,” Biden said in a speech at the White House,” said Biden.
“No ocean is wide enough, no wall is high enough to keep us safe. Rampant disease and death in other countries can destabilize them — those countries — and pose a risk to us as well,” he added.
The 20 million doses of U.S.-approved shots are in addition to Biden’s previous commitment to give 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries, meaning that 80 million doses are expected to be shared with the world within the next few weeks.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said it is unclear which countries will receive the doses and more will be announce in the coming days about how they are deciding where to send vaccines.
The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for use in the U.S., while AstraZeneca is not. In March the U.S. shared 4 million doses of its AstraZeneca stockpile with Mexico and Canada.