BERLIN- Pfizer and German companion BioNTech stated on Thursday they’ve agreed to provide the U.S. authorities with 500 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to donate to poorer international locations over the following two years.
The two drugmakers will provide 200 million doses in 2021 and 300 million doses within the first half of 2022, which the United States will then distribute to 92 lower-income international locations and the African Union, they stated.
The photographs, which will likely be produced at Pfizer’s U.S. manufacturing websites, will likely be supplied at a not-for-profit worth.
“Our partnership with the U.S. authorities will assist deliver tons of of hundreds of thousands of doses of our vaccine to the poorest international locations all over the world as rapidly as potential,” stated Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla.
Deliveries of the 200 million doses will start in August 2021 and proceed via the rest of the yr, they stated, whereas the 300 million doses for 2022 are deliberate to be delivered between January and the top of June.
The U.S. authorities additionally has the choice for extra doses.
Pfizer and BioNTech stated the dosesare a part of a beforehand introduced pledge to provide two billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to low- and middle-income international locations over the following 18 months.
Reuters reported on Wednesday the Biden Administration plans to donate coronavirus vaccines to lower-income international locations. (Reporting by Caroline Copley)