Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-11 18:52:22 –
Earlier this week, President Biden announced that the United States would inoculate the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine 500 million times worldwide, the largest of any country to date.
“250 million people are still only a small part of the total population that need to be vaccinated in these countries, but vaccination of front-line workers such as people over the age of 65 and health care workers. “It’s a great help,” said Richard Lysinger, vice president of global health at RTI International.
It also establishes the United States as a world leader in vaccine distribution when some public health experts ask wealthy countries to do more to help people outside the border.
The White House states that doses produced in the United States will begin shipping in August. The first 200 million will be delivered by the end of this year. The remaining 300 million will leave in the first half of 2022.
Pfizer’s vaccine is a two-dose regimen and must be kept cold at all stages of transport. Once it is removed from the ultra-refrigerator, administration lasts only about 5 days. It presents some logistical challenges and may possibly determine where the vial is sent.
“Of course, we also need to prioritize larger city centers, which are likely to find the kind of infrastructure needed to distribute the vaccine,” Reithinger said.
Government officials say the total cost is still being decided, but they expect to spend at least $ 1.5 billion from the US rescue program.
Still, some say the United States and other countries need to do more to vaccinate the world. Democrat Raja Krishnamooti statement“This must only be the first step in a greater effort to expand and accelerate the production and supply of billions of doses needed to end the pandemic,” he added.
President Biden also announced that the United States will export 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and 20 million doses of Pfizer, Modana and Johnson & Johnson vaccines this summer. He said the dose would be given unlaced.
“We are doing this to save lives and end this pandemic. That’s it. Period,” Biden said Thursday.