US to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses globally

'Lead from the front': PM defends why she's waited to get her vaccine

People who received a first dose of the Astrazeneca-Oxford vaccine can receive the same brand again, or switch to Pfizer or Moderna unless they are contraindicated.

Biden last month broke with European allies to endorse waiving intellectual property rules at the World Trade Organization to promote vaccine production and equity.

GAVI did not respond to a request for comment.

The deal was negotiated over the past four weeks by White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and the coronavirus task force team, one of the sources said.

The White House and Pfizer declined to comment. BioNTech/Pfizer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Travel restrictions will ease, eventually: Trudeau
Every month since March 2020, Canada and the USA have extended the border restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. But last week, two Liberal MPs - Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and Wayne Easter, co-chairman of the Canada-U.S.

As of Monday, anyone who had their first dose on or before April 18, 2021 can get their second dose, as well as other eligible priority groups.

Asked if he had a vaccine strategy for the world, he said: "I have one and I'll be announcing it".

"These deliveries will include, for the first time, doses from Moderna's US supply chain". The White House earlier this year also pledged $4 billion to COVAX and urged other countries to boost donations as well.

"The Biden administration's decision to purchase and donate additional COVID-19 vaccine doses is the kind of bold leadership that is needed to end this global pandemic", said Tom Hart, acting CEO at The ONE Campaign, a nonprofit that seeks to end poverty.

The US would pay for the doses at a "not-for-profit" price, according to the New York Times, which said the plan could be officially announced on Thursday.

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