President Joe Biden in the U.S is piling up the inventory with more and more COVID-19 vaccines when many other countries in the world are struggling to get equipped with enough vaccine doses to inoculate people.
Biden’s Move To Expand Vaccine Inventory Might Result In Huge Surplus
On Wednesday, Biden instructed his administration to order another 100 million vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson, which many have seen as a surplus of doses later in the year.
The country was already about to have enough doses of vaccines supplied by the middle of May prior to this move of Biden. This was sufficient enough to cover every adult and 400 million people before August.
The latest order for 100 million doses of the J & J vaccine is expected to be delivered by the middle of this year.
Presently, there are two other vaccines from AstraZeneca and Novavax are on their line to get the approval of the Food and Drug Administration. Once these companies receive authorization, it would be enough to cover more than 200 million people.
Officials of the White House said that the prime concern of president Biden is to fully inoculate Americans before he considers the distribution of doses into the rest of the other parts of the world.
Jen Psaki, the press secretary of the White House, said that the country needs to be over-prepared and over-supplied. She added that Biden aims to resolve every foreseen issue with the existing timeline of production.
She further said that it is yet to be identified which vaccine will be effective in the case of children. It is still unknown the impacts of variants or the need for booster shots according to the need. Even though it is clear that these all are studied by FDA, still the country needs to be over-prepared, as she said, as noted before.
The directions from president Biden came as the White House has rebuffed requests from the allies of the U.S like Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, for the doses of vaccines manufactured in the country solely for the country.
Biden previously contributed to the efforts of COVAX which was under the United Nations and the World Health Organization. This will provide help to more than 90 countries of lower and middle incomes. However, sharing of id yet to be done from the part of the U.S.
Earlier, the nongovernmental organizations of the country have supported all the efforts that came from the federal government to immunize Americans as a whole. But the latest move from Biden is widely receiving criticism from many of them. These organizations also encouraged the White House to develop clear plans and thresholds to share the vaccine doses on behalf of all the other countries which are in need.
Sarah Swinehart, the senior director of communications at the ONE Campaign said that defeating the virus from everywhere is the only way to get rid of it. She added that an immediate plan for global sharing of excess vaccine doses is required to achieve it.
Biden also said that in case there is a surplus of vaccine doses in the country, it will be shared with the rest of the world. He also acknowledged that the U.S is not safe until the whole world is safe.