The White House on Thursday announced plans for a global vaccine sharing program that will ship out 80 million doses by the end of June — as a dozen states reached targets to administer at least one shot to 70 percent of adults.
The vaccine sharing program will allocate 75 percent of the doses to U.N.-backed COVAX, which will distribute the vaccines to needy countries in Central America, Asia and Africa.
“As the days get brighter and brighter at home, we’re focused on driving progress to help end the pandemic around the globe,” said Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, at a press briefing.
“It’s both the right thing to do and an important step in protecting Americans by helping to stamp out the virus.”
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the remaining doses will be kept in reserve to give to other countries for “immediate needs and to help with surges around the world.”