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AFP
June 11, 2021

US to ‘supercharge’ virus fight with vaccine donation

AFP
June 11, 2021

Washington: The US will donate 500 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to poorer nations, the White House said Thursday, to "supercharge" the pandemic fight as the World Health Organisation warned Europeans not to drop their guard because vaccination levels there remain too low to stop another wave of infections.

Both moves signalled that while pockets of the rich world have scored successes against the virus, gains are fragile and billions of mostly poor people remain unprotected. The United States has faced criticism for sitting on huge stocks of unused vaccines. But with more than 60 percent of Americans having received at least one shot, Washington is moving to reclaim global leadership with the donation of 500 million Pfizer-BioNTech jabs to 92 poor and lower-middle-income nations. The White House described it as a "historic action that will help supercharge the global fight against the pandemic".