U.S. vaccine donations top 110 million doses

An Ethiopian Airlines Cargo terminal worker offloads a shipment of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines that arrived under the COVAX scheme, at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 19, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri - RC2JNO9HAMVF
A shipment of U.S. producer Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine doses arrives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 19. (© Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)

The United States has donated more than 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to dozens of countries and is committed to vaccinating the world, President Biden said.

Biden announced August 3 that U.S. shipments of vaccines surpassed 110 million and said millions more doses will ship worldwide in the coming months. Vaccinating everyone is critical to ending the pandemic and spurring global economic recovery, he said. It is also, Biden added, the right thing to do.

“This is about our values. We value inherent dignity of all people,” Biden said, speaking from the White House. “In times of trouble, Americans reach out to offer a helping hand. That’s who we are.”

The United States is working with international partners to distribute vaccine doses around the world and provide other assistance. The United States and its partners also provide therapeutics, testing materials, and protective equipment to countries in crisis, and support vaccine manufacturing abroad.

The United States has already shipped 110 million vaccine doses to more than 60 destinations. That, says the United Nations, is more than the donations of all other countries combined. U.S. manufacturers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the U.S.-German partnership of Pfizer-BioNTech, produced the donated doses.

America’s vaccine donation effort helps other countries boost vaccination rates, prepare for surges, and prioritize vulnerable populations and health care workers.

The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (COVAX), an international partnership dedicated to the equitable distribution of vaccines, delivered most of the U.S.-donated vaccines. The United States has also donated $4 billion to COVAX through Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

The 110 million delivered doses surpass Biden’s June commitment to donate at least 80 million vaccines from the U.S. supply to other countries. And there is more to come. In August, America will begin shipping 500 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to Gavi for distribution by COVAX to 100 low-income countries.

“The United States is committed to being the arsenal of vaccines for the world,” Biden said.