COVID-19: US Set to Donate $4B to Poor Countries For Vaccine.
The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden is expected to announce his contribution towards the fight against COVID-19 pandemic on Friday.
Report has been made known that the president will today issue out $2 billion to a United Nation’s program to support the distribution of Coronavirus vaccine doses to the less privileged nations.
The update made known by an official of Biden’s administration noted that Congress had already issued the money in December for the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide to Gavi, an international vaccine distribution alliance. The congress provided a total of $4 billion and officials said that the U.S. would give the rest to Gavi over the course of this year and 2022.
Gistlover understands that President Biden will make the announcement today during a virtual meeting of the Group of Seven leaders. According to records, 10 countries have already been administered 75% of all COVID-19 vaccines, while more than 130 countries have not yet received a single dose.
The US alone has purchased over 600 million vaccine doses, but it does not plan on giving to other countries until “there is sufficient supply in the United States.”
In another news, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for use in Nigeria.
On Thursday while speaking in Abuja, Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Mojisola Adeyeye, said the agency gave the approval after subjecting the vaccine to various tests.