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US to buy millions of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to world: Report

US to buy millions of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to donate to world: Report

FILE PHOTO: A vial labelled with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

WASHINGTON: The United States plans to buy hundreds of millions of additional doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to donate around the world, The Washington Post reported on Friday (Sep 17), citing two unidentified people familiar with the deal.

The purchase was to be announced early next week to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

President Joe Biden has stressed the importance of a global vaccination campaign as a way to defeat the virus and the United States has planned a virtual COVID-19 summit on the sidelines of the General Assembly meeting.

The United States is pushing global leaders to endorse its targets for ending the COVID-19 pandemic, including ensuring 70 per cent of the world's population is vaccinated by the 2022, according to a draft US document viewed by Reuters.

Details of the deal were not final, the Post reported.

Comment from the White House and Pfizer were not immediately available

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Source: Reuters

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