The United States government will distribute an initial 25 million COVID-19 vaccines to boost the inoculation program to lower-income countries, including the Philippines.
According to the US plan, around 19 million doses will be donated to the global vaccine-sharing effort COVAX. Around seven million doses will be allocated to the following countries in Asia and the Pacific:
- Sri Lanka
- Papua New Guinea
- Pacific Islands
The Philippine government requested at least three million doses of the US’ surplus COVID-19 vaccines.
“We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions. We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values,” said US President Joe Biden.