The Biden administration has purchased 500 million doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine and plans to distribute them to countries around the world, according to multiple news reports Tuesday. President Biden is expected to announce the plan this week at the Group of Seven meeting in Great Britain.
Pfizer is selling the doses to the U.S. at a “not-for-profit” price, according to The Washington Post, though the price was not specified. About 200 million doses will be distributed this year, and another 300 million in the first half of 2022. The distribution will be handled by COVAX, an international vaccine effort, with a focus on 92 low-income nations, as well as members of the African Union.
White House adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that President Biden wanted to set an example for the world of American leadership. “He does want to show rallying the rest of the world's democracies -- the democracies are the countries that can best deliver solutions for people everywhere,” Sullivan said. “That goes for Covid-19, that goes for climate change, it goes for economic recovery and it goes for the basic human rights and human dignity of all people”.