Might 17, 2021 — The US will ship not less than 20 million doses of U.S.-approved COVID-19 vaccines overseas by the tip of June, President Joe Biden introduced Monday.
“Over the previous 118 days, our vaccination program has led the world, and right this moment, we’re taking a further step to assist the world,” he mentioned at a information convention. “We all know America won’t ever be totally secure till the pandemic that’s raging globally is beneath management.”
His administration will ship 20 million doses of the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, along with the 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine already set for cargo to different international locations.
“No ocean’s extensive sufficient, no wall’s excessive sufficient to maintain us secure,” Biden mentioned. “Rampant illness and dying in different international locations can destabilize these international locations and pose a threat to us as nicely.”
He mentioned this transfer will assist stop new variants from arising around the globe and making their approach throughout U.S. borders.
“We have to assist combat the illness around the globe to assist maintain us secure right here at house and do the best factor in serving to different folks,” Biden mentioned. “It’s the best factor to do. It’s the sensible factor to do. It’s the sturdy factor to do.”
The AstraZeneca doses are nonetheless awaiting FDA authorization earlier than they are often shipped.
“That is essentially the most doses donated by any nation on this planet by 5 occasions,” Jen Psaki, the White Home press secretary, mentioned throughout a information briefing Monday. “This can put 80 million doses out into the world by the tip of June.”
The announcement comes only a week after the FDA accepted the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to fifteen. The anticipation of federal approval spurred an moral debate amongst medical professionals: Ought to these doses set for American teenagers go overseas as an alternative?
Based on Biden, it’s not an both/or scenario.
The “America has secured sufficient provide for all eligible People, all People 12 years and older,” he mentioned.
Based on Biden, COVID instances are down in all 50 states. The CDC revised its tips final week, saying that vaccinated residents not have to put on masks indoors or outdoor in most settings. Those who’re in danger now are those that are unvaccinated, he mentioned.
“On condition that the vaccine is handy and free, it might be a tragedy, a useless one, to see instances among the many unvaccinated go up,” he mentioned.
Biden additionally introduced a tax lower for American households: Beginning July 15, folks with youngsters 6 and youthful will obtain funds of $300 per thirty days, and people with youngsters over 6 can obtain as much as $250 per thirty days.
“This tax lower sends a transparent and highly effective message to American households with youngsters: Assistance is on the best way,” he mentioned.
As of now, 60% of People have obtained not less than one vaccine shot. COVID-related deaths are down by greater than 80%, and the administration goals to have 70% of the U.S. not less than partially vaccinated by July 4.
“Day by day, the sunshine on the finish of that tunnel grows brighter,” Biden mentioned. “Progress is plain, however we’re not carried out but.”