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White House to share millions of Covid-19 shots with Latam Africa Asia

Only about 5 percent of Pakistan's roughly 216 million residents have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to Our World in Data, which tracks publicly available figures.

But senior advisor to the organisation, Dr Bruce Aylward, said this was nowhere near enough to protect populations from the virus which was still running rampant worldwide.

The shortages come as some nations in Africa see a third wave of infections.

While wealthy countries are ramping up vaccinations and returning to normal, Covid cases are surging elsewhere, including in South America and Africa.

The Biden-Harris administration will not use its vaccines to secure favours from other countries, it asserted.

To address this, he said his government was working with Covax to create a regional hub to produce more vaccines in South Africa.

Some poorer countries were running out of coronavirus vaccines.

The state of play: The White House had previously named the recipients of the first 25 million of the 80 million doses that the us has pledged to export, as it took its first step toward becoming a global vaccine supplier.

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China's Sinopharm vaccine will be supplied to developing countries through COVAX but was not among those allocated to ASEAN countries as of Friday.

Uganda, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Trinidad and Tobago are just some of the countries that have reported running out of vaccines in recent days.

At a World Health Organization briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, Dr Aylward acknowledged the extent of those shortages in stark terms. "But in reality it's probably much higher", Dr Aylward said.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel "Babe" Romualdez said the country could get Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines from their surplus.

President Joe Biden has promised that the US will be the vaccine arsenal for the world to help end the pandemic, though poorer countries have pressed the USA and other wealthy nations to do more as they struggle to secure vaccines.

The remaining 14 million will be shipped bilaterally, including to some of the same countries.

"The Biden-Harris administration is committed to working with USA vaccine manufacturers to produce more vaccine doses to share with the world", White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. President Biden made that pledge earlier this month at a summit of major economic powers, known as the G7 (Group of Seven).

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