As of this Friday, the United States government has donated more than 335 million doses of anticovid vaccines to 110 countries, a figure similar to that of the American population, a senior White House official told AFP.
Responding to a request from President Joe Biden to speed up donations, the government has distributed at least 50 million doses in the last two weeks, the official also said, on condition of anonymity.
The US president said in September, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, that his country would donate more than 1 billion doses to poorer nations, promising to be the world’s “arsenal” in the fight against the pandemic.
Washington has reiterated that these vaccines are delivered “without conditions”, implying that this would not be the case for the doses distributed particularly by its great rival, China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who denies doing “vaccine diplomacy,” recently promised 1 billion anticovid doses for Africa, in the form of donations or support for local production.
A few days ago, Nicaragua received 200,000 doses of the vaccine made by the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm, shortly after breaking relations with Taiwan.
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