The US is donating hundreds of thousands of doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union, the White Space mentioned Thursday.
The 17 million doses will arrive within the coming weeks. Those are along with the 50 million doses already despatched to the 55-member continental union.
The doses will “lend a hand shut the vaccine fairness hole,” the White Space mentioned in a remark.
The African Union, whose states contain greater than 1.three billion folks, has alleged that producers don’t seem to be giving its member states ok get right of entry to to vaccines. Most effective 2% of the roughly 5.7 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines given to folks around the globe were in Africa.
The Biden management has dispatched tens of hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses to different international locations during the International Well being Group’s COVID-19 Vaccines International Get right of entry to (COVAX), which is a world initiative aimed toward equitable get right of entry to to COVID-19 vaccines.
Biden discussed the donation all over a bilateral press convention with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta within the Oval Administrative center on Thursday.
“We are proceeding our shared combat towards COVID,” mentioned Biden. “The US has donated 2.eight million doses of vaccine to Kenya as a part of a 50 million doses we have donated to the African Union.
“And I am proud to announce that these days that we are making an extra, ancient one-time donation of 17 extra million doses of J&J vaccine to the AU, and we are going to be sending some extra of it by way of the tip of the 12 months to Kenya.”