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US to give 80 million vaccine doses to priority nations, 75% via Covax program

US President Joe Biden unveils his plan for the first of 80 million coronavirus vaccine doses being distributed globally, with 75% of shots disbursed via the UN-linked Covax program.

“We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions. We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values,” Biden says in a statement.

In a fact sheet, the White House says that for the doses shared through Covax, Washington will prioritize countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa.

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