WASHINGTON — President Biden, under pressure to aggressively address the global coronavirus vaccine shortage, will announce as early as Thursday that his administration will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and donate them among about 100 countries over the next year, according to people familiar with the plan.
“We have to end Covid-19, not just at home, which we’re doing, but everywhere,” Mr. Biden told American troops after landing at R.A.F.
It requires coordinated multilateral action.”People familiar with the Pfizer deal said the United States would pay for the doses at a “not for profit” price.
The first 200 million doses will be distributed by the end of this year, followed by 300 million by next June, they said.
The doses will be distributed through Covax, the international vaccine-sharing initiative.
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