Vaccine makers pledge 2.3B doses to less wealthy nations

Daily Mail

05-21-2021

Pfizer and German partner BioNTech pledged Friday to deliver two billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to middle- and low-income countries over the next 18 months, amid international calls for more vaccine solidarity. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said they expect to provide a billion of the doses this year and another billion in 2022. He has previously said the firm will deliver six billion doses worldwide in the next 18 months - meaning two-thirds will go to wealthier nations. And Pfizer made $3.46 billion in COVID-19 vaccine sales in the first quarter of 2021 alone, the firm disclosed earlier this month. During Friday's global health summit in Rome, Italian Premier Mario Draghi said that nearly 1.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered in over 180 countries worldwide.

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Earlier this week, Hancock said the government had “a couple of months” before it needed to make a decision on under-18s jabs. “I think it’s encouraging the US has approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for the over-12. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the UK has secured enough Pfizer doses for children to be vaccinated, if licences are granted. Vaccinating children over 12 for Covid and boosting self-isolation payments could both prevent fresh spikes in the pandemic, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has said. Asked if it was right that the NHS recruited nurses from countries like India, he replied: “I don’t think so.