Empty vials for the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech are seen during a tour of the production facility.
The Biden administration plans to purchase 500 million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to distribute to other nations, significantly adding to its ongoing efforts to inoculate populations around the world, according to three people familiar with the plans.
The move by the U.S. government could lead to 200 million Pfizer doses being sent worldwide this year, followed by another 300 million across the first half of 2022, according to the individuals familiar with the plan.
President Joe Biden will announce the plan tomorrow ahead of the G-7 meeting in the United Kingdom. A person familiar with the details said the plan will involve distributing all the doses through the the vaccine initiative COVAX to 92 developing countries and the African Union.
The new order would nearly double the government's original agreement to buy up to 600 million Pfizer doses. It has so far secured 300 million for the U.S. population, but American demand has dropped off in recent weeks while calls for overseas donations have increased. The White House announced last week that Pfizer shots would be among the first tranche of 25 million doses going to countries and regions across the world.