Biden irritated the announcement before the G7 summit in Britain began
The deal requires 200 million doses delivered this year and distributed through the Covax global vaccine program. Another 300 million will be delivered in the first half of 2022.
Before leaving, Biden told reporters that he had a plan for a vaccine against COVID for the world.
“I have one and I will announce it,” he told reporters.
The White House declined to provide details publicly. The Washington Post first announced the plan.
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said more details would come on Thursday.
The planned 500 million doses will be in addition to the 300 million that the United States purchased for itself from Pfizer and is still distributing in the United States. But as vaccine doses continue to fall, state governors have stopped ordering large shipments, especially for a single Johnson & Johnson vaccine. According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 11 million doses of Johnson & Johnson have been administered in the United States out of 21 million delivered by the federal government.
The Biden administration is now trying to figure out what to do with the extra doses before many of them expire. Ohio has warned that there are about 200,000 doses of vaccine due this month, while Arkansas has 70,000. Mississippi has returned about 872,000 doses to the federal government.
J&J said in a statement that it was working with the federal government to try to extend the shelf life of its vaccines, and federal officials were working through logistics to possibly send some additional doses overseas.
A State Department spokesman told ABC News that the federal government “is committed to working to ensure that the vaccine is used, whether in the United States or elsewhere.”
However, the process can be somewhat complex, officials say, and the United States must first coordinate with a country’s medical agency to share safety and regulatory information and secure supplies such as needles, syringes and alcohol pads. . Vaccines also have specific handling requirements, including controlled storage, to remain effective.
“In the coming weeks, we will work to receive doses in the countries and for shots as soon as possible,” the State Department said in a statement.
Dr Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser and the country’s best infectious disease expert, said Wednesday that he was “very vocal about the need for a global solution” to the option. If the virus spreads rapidly to other countries where vaccinations are scarce, more dangerous variants may develop.
“There is certainly a possibility that an option will emerge that would avoid protecting the vaccine,” Fauci told MSNBC on Wednesday.
Conor Finnegan, Cheyenne Haslett and Molly Nagle of ABC News contributed to this report.