Breaking down Biden’s plan to donate COVID vaccines

President Biden is in the U.K., where he’s announcing a plan to donate 500 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to lower-income countries over the next year. CBS News’ Skyler Henry has more on the president’s first trip overseas since taking office, and CBS News correspondent Christina Ruffini joins CBSN to discuss what comes next.

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Biden announces US will donate 500 million Covid-19 vaccines

President Joe Biden’s announced Thursday evening that the United States plans to donate 500 million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses globally as part of his efforts to reassert US leadership on the world stage.
"America knows first-hand the tragedy of this pandemic. We’ve had more people die in the United States than anywhere in the world, nearly 600,000 of our fellow Americans," Biden said in remarks after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He added, "We know the tragedy. We also know the path to recovery."
The move will also serve to counter efforts by Russia and China to use their own state-funded vaccines to expand their global influence.
"American workers will now produce vaccines that save lives of people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean — people they will never meet and have never met. Places they’ve never visited and probably won’t have an opportunity to. But lives saved all the same, thanks to American leadership, American workers, hard work and values," Biden said on Thursday.
Hundreds of millions of doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, along with China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm shots, have been making their way around the world. Only the Sinopharm vaccine has been accepted into the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative.
Many countries — including in Latin America, which has traditionally been an area of US influence — have been buying up large numbers of Russian and Chinese vaccines to fill the gaps in their own vaccine rollouts.
The White House has said it has been monitoring and is concerned by efforts by Russia and China to use vaccines to make geopolitical gains.
During remarks announcing the vaccine purchase, Biden underscored that there were no strings attached with accepting the US-bought vaccines.
‘Let me be clear: Just as with the 80 million doses we previously announced, the United States is providing these half-(billion) doses with no strings attached," Biden said. "Our vaccine donations don’t include pressure for favors or potential concessions. We’re doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic. That’s it. Period."
Administration officials suggested the move is part of a broader effort for the world’s democracies to lead the way in pandemic recovery.
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Biden Announces U.S. Will Donate 500 Million Covid Vaccines

President Biden announced the U.S. would be purchasing 500 million doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to donate to countries in need to promote the global fight against the pandemic.
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U.S. to donate 500 million Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to lower income countries

The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19, vaccine to countries that need it most over the 12 months, with the first 200 million doses going out this year. Infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh Adalja joined CBSN to explain why helping other nations’ vaccine efforts is important in global fight against the pandemic.

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COVID-19: US to donate 500 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to lower-income countries

The United States is to donate half a billion doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to nearly 100 lower-income countries. The White House said this will supercharge the fight against the pandemic.

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U.S. to donate 500 million vaccine doses abroad as Biden kicks off diplomatic tour

The Biden administration announced early Thursday it would purchase and donate half a billion Pfizer vaccine doses to over 100 countries, with the first shipments beginning in August. The news came as President Biden prepares to meet with U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Nancy Cordes has the latest.

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U.S. to donate 500 million vaccine doses globally, sources say

The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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U.S. to donate 750,000 vaccines to Taiwan

The United States will donate 750,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan as part of the country’s plan to share shots globally, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said on Sunday.

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