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U.S. reveals plan for sharing 55 million vaccine doses globally

The White House on Monday announced plans to share 55 million coronavirus vaccine doses from the U.S supply with more than 50 countries, its latest efforts to strengthen the global response to the pandemic.

The doses are among 80 million President Biden had vowed to share this month. In previous weeks, the White House detailed the recipients of the first 25 million doses, which have begun shipping. Under the plans revealed Monday, about 41 million more doses would be shared with Covax, the World Health Organization-backed initiative to distribute vaccine doses worldwide. An additional 14 million would go to handpicked countries.

Those efforts come after organizations including the World Health Organization called upon wealthy countries to share vaccine doses with countries in need. The group has called the inequitable distribution of vaccines the biggest threat to ending the pandemic.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com