According to the White House Tuesday, the U.S. has donated more than 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 60 countries over the past two months.
Calling the donations "a major milestone" in the fight against the pandemic, the White House said it's a fulfillment of President Biden's promise and a "significant down payment" on hundreds of millions more doses that the U.S. will deliver in the coming weeks.
In addition, the U.S. will ship 500 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine to 100 lower-income countries in late August.
Of the 110 million doses Washington has donated, the majority were shared via COVAX, an international program aimed at assisting developing countries access COVID-19 vaccines.
Part of them also went to South Korea this year, when over one million doses of Johnson and Johnson's vaccine were sent, as a "gift" following the summit between Presidents Moon Jae-in and Biden in May.
But Biden's gift to its Asian ally also came as he unveiled his administration's plans to distribute 25 million surplus doses across the globe, including 6 million shared among South Korea, Mexico, Canada and other partner nations, as well as UN frontline workers.
The Biden administration has since upped its pledge to at least 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide, with advocates saying the U.S. could share even more moving forward.
The donation is all the more crucial in the global fight against the pandemic, as countries are racing to inoculate their citizens with the rise of Delta variants globally.
Last Thursday, President Biden said the U.S. was sharing doses to end the pandemic, which has killed over 3.7 million people worldwide, not to extract political power.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.