America is donating thousands and thousands of doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union, the White Home stated Thursday.
The 17 million doses will arrive within the coming weeks. These are along with the 50 million doses already despatched to the 55-member continental union.
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The doses will “assist shut the vaccine fairness hole,” the White Home stated in a press release.
The African Union, whose states comprise greater than 1.three billion folks, has alleged that producers should not giving its member states ample entry to vaccines. Solely 2% of the roughly 5.7 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines given to folks world wide have been in Africa.
The Biden administration has dispatched tens of thousands and thousands of vaccine doses to different nations via the World Well being Group’s COVID-19 Vaccines World Entry (COVAX), which is a worldwide initiative geared toward equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines.
Biden talked about the donation throughout a bilateral press convention with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta within the Oval Workplace on Thursday.
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“We’re persevering with our shared combat towards COVID,” stated Biden. “America has donated 2.eight million doses of vaccine to Kenya as a part of a 50 million doses we have donated to the African Union.
“And I am proud to announce that at the moment that we’re making a further, historic one-time donation of 17 extra million doses of J&J vaccine to the AU, and we’ll be sending some extra of it by the top of the 12 months to Kenya.”
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