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US nears deal for 500-million Pfizer doses to donate to poorer countries

The news comes on the back of the country being criticised for hoarding jabs while less wealthy countries suffer

Drew Armstrong and Josh Wingrove

The Biden administration is negotiating with Pfizer Inc to buy an additional 500-million Covid-19 vaccines to donate globally, a person familiar with the matter said, doubling the government’s commitment to helping less-wealthy countries. 

A deal is expected to be announced in the coming days, ahead of an international Covid-19 summit Biden has called for on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the information isn’t yet public.

The Biden administration struck a nearly identical agreement with the company in August and Pfizer has been shipping those doses to international vaccine programme Covax. The programme has been slow to get doses to participant countries, leaving many less-wealthy nations having vaccinated only a tiny percentage of their populations...

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