The US government has reached an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech to distribute 500 million doses of their coronavirus vaccine in approximately 100 countries around the world. The agreement is expected to be announced this week and was anticipated by some statements by Biden himself who on Wednesday, before boarding Air Force One for his first trip abroad as president, told reporters that he had a plan to contribute. to the vaccination campaign around the world. In the next few days Biden will be in Cornwall, England, to participate in the G7.
– Read also: The rest of the world without vaccines
For the moment there are not many details on the deal, but the New York Times writes – citing sources close to the White House – that the first 200 million doses will be distributed this year, and the other 300 million next year. In recent days Biden had already announced that he wanted to make at least 80 million doses of the vaccine available, but many, including some activists and the Democrats themselves, had criticized the administration considering its efforts in this area still insufficient.