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Biden Administration to Ship 9 Million Vaccine Doses to Africa and Another 2 Million Worldwide

According to CNN, the coronavirus response coordinator of the White House, Jeffrey Zients is set to announce the shipping of 11 million vaccine doses abroad by the Biden administration on Friday. Nine million of the doses will be going to Africa, while the other two million will be sent to other countries around the world.

This comes after President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that the administration will send more than 200 million doses abroad in 100 days, accelerating delivery to high-risk countries. Friday’s shipment brings the total of US-provided doses sent to Africa to 100 million. The Biden administration will also push international partners to take a stronger role in aiding in global vaccine efforts.

CNN reports that Zients is expected to say, “If we want to protect the American people and our economy, we must defeat the virus everywhere. That means we must ensure the rest of the world gets vaccinated. — From supporting communications campaigns to build vaccine confidence, to funding for vaccinators on the front line—we are leading the global vaccination effort. And we are calling on the rest of the world to step up and join us.”

The Biden administration has faced criticism over recent travel restrictions imposed on eight African countries amid concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. United Nations Secretary-General Antònio Guterres likened the travel bans to “travel apartheid” due to the fact that several of the listed countries have not had a confirmed case yet.


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