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Over 330 million vaccine doses shared with over 110 countries till now: US

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US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken. Photo: State Department/Ronny Przysucha

Washington, Dec 21 (MNN) The United States said on Tuesday that over 330 million vaccine doses have been shared with more than 110 countries and economies worldwide.

The Joe Biden government is also providing more than 19.6 billion dollars for life-saving health, economic, and humanitarian COVID-19 assistance to US partners to fight this virus and its impacts, Secretary of State Antony J Blinken said.

These funds are delivering shots in arms, lifesaving supplies to hospitals, and support that reaches most vulnerable communities, he added.

The US also announced an additional 580 million dollars from American Rescue Plan Act to support seven global partners spearheading the fight against COVID-19.

The US has sought to galvanise global collective action with its own example and leadership, and it is critical that other governments fulfil their commitments and support those on the frontline of this pandemic.

Earlier this month, President Biden promised to deliver 200 million vaccine doses in the next 100 days.  Since his announcement, the US has shared more than 50 million doses.

Blinken said: “The rapid spread of the Omicron variant reinforces that we must all continue to accelerate our efforts to end this pandemic and that none of us are safe until all of us are safe.  This is a global pandemic that requires global solutions.

“This additional 580 million dollars is a significant contribution to turn vaccines into vaccinations; strengthen public health capacity; support communities in need, and provide urgent, life-saving relief.”

The US government said that multilateral organisations are playing a role in these efforts, with the additional 580 million dollar funding including:

  • 280 million dollars for the World Health Organisation, including 50 million dollars for Contingency Fund for Emergencies, to help contain the spread of COVID-19, particularly through surveillance and laboratory testing, and support the continuity of essential health services and systems, especially for individuals most at risk;
  • 170 million dollars to the United Nations Children’s Fund to expand its efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccines around the world, including to high-risk and vulnerable populations, provide critical COVID-19 commodities, such as Personal Protective Equipment and oxygen equipment, and support education needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • 75 million dollars to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to provide technical cooperation to support implementation and monitoring of COVID-19 vaccinations in the Americas;
  • 20 million dollars to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help address the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19, including through programmes for providing employment services and livelihood support;
  • 20 million dollars for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to support its efforts to protect health workers and provide women with safe reproductive and maternal health care to mitigate higher rates of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity related to COVID-19;
  • 10 million dollars to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to support its efforts to improve health surveillance, early warning, and risk assessment tools for zoonotic diseases; and
  • 5 million dollars to UN Women to assist their efforts to support women and girls, in all their diversity, during the COVID-19 crisis, including a focus on programs to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

Blinken said that he will host a meeting during the day with foreign ministers of different countries to discuss and coordinate how to address the Omicron variant.

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