Biden administration official said Monday the United States will send over 1.5 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to Egypt through COVAX, Al Arabiya English reports.
This 1,612,260 doses donation is part of the initial 500M donation pledged by Pfizer, and though it has not yet been formally announced by the White House, it comes days after President Biden’s COVID-19 summit convened with world leaders in effort to end the pandemic and to prepare for future pandemics.
With health experts arguing that third-world and poorer countries need between 5 billion and 6 billion doses, the US official pointed that the US cannot and should not do that alone after reportedly donated over 1 billion vaccine doses across the globe.
The official pointed that everyone has to hold themselves accountable to fulfilling the commitments made to end the pandemic, saying this is a unique moment in history that requires American leadership.
Previously in mid-September, Egypt received 546,400 doses of AstraZeneca jabs delivered in partnership with the COVAX facility and donated through a new partnership between the French government and the African Union/the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).
Chargé d’affaires a.i. of France, François Legué, pointed that the donation is a sign of France and the African Union solidarity with Egypt during these difficult times and is in line with the longstanding and successful cooperation between France and Egypt on numerous fronts.