The US government buys hundreds of millions of additional doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to donate to other countries. That will be officially announced early next week, two insiders say to the US newspaper Washington Post. The White House didnt want to respond.
It would not be the first time the US has made such a vaccine purchase. The country already bought 500 million doses in June that were intended for Covax, an international initiative to ensure that less affluent countries also have access to corona vaccines. It is unclear how many vaccines will be purchased this time.
In the US, a debate is currently raging about whether fully vaccinated Americans should receive an additional corona pry. A drug watchdog FDA advisory committee will meet on that issue on Friday. Critics believe that additional doses that are needed should be given to countries that are lagging behind vaccination.