The US government has not responded publicly to requests from many other countries that have requested access to the stock, as more doses have been purchased than necessary to immunize their entire adult population in the country.
The President of USA, Joe Biden, said on Tuesday, 6, to hope that the American government can start sharing its stock of vaccines against Covid-19 with other countries in the second half of this year, “before the end of the summer” (in the northern hemisphere – between June and September), as soon as we guarantee enough to inoculate the entire domestic population. “My hope is that, before the end of the summer, I will talk to you that we already have access to more vaccines than we need to care for each American and that we will help other countries, poor countries,” said Biden at an event in White House. The American president stressed that he wants to share the excess doses with other countries because, “until this vaccine is available worldwide and we are beating the virus in other nations, we will not be completely safe”.
The White House has already struck deals with Mexico e Canada to send 4 million doses of the vaccine AstraZeneca / Oxford University, whose emergency use has not yet been approved in the United States. However, the American government has not yet responded publicly to requests from many other countries that have requested access to the stock, as the United States has purchased far more doses than necessary to immunize its entire adult population. The accumulation of doses by the United States and other rich countries has raised concerns among some experts, who warn that this may impact the inability of other countries with fewer resources to obtain sufficient vaccines in the short term, which may increase the risk of mutations of the virus.
The White House believes that by the end of May it will have enough doses to vaccinate all adult Americans, but has insisted that it must prepare for possible unforeseen events, such as manufacturing problems. In addition, the Biden government wants to reserve doses if they are needed to strengthen the immunity of those who have already been vaccinated, or to provide them to children, if they are proven to be effective and safe for use by minors. The American government also donated $ 2 billion to the platform Covax for the development and equal distribution of vaccines and plans to donate another $ 2 billion by 2022. During an event at the White House, Biden also said he did not speak to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, on a possible responsibility of the Asian country in the spread of the pandemic for having hidden part of the information on the seriousness of the situation in the China. “No, I didn’t have that conversation with President Xi,” said Biden, when asked by a journalist.
* With information from EFE