By Jeff Mason
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States plans to donate an additional 500 million COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) and BioNTech SE (NASDAQ:) to nations around the world, lifting the total the country is sharing to more than 1 billion doses, according to a source familiar with the plans.
The new promise will be made by President Joe Biden at a virtual summit regarding COVID-19.
Biden stated earlier on Tuesday that more than $15B had been contributed by the United States to the international response to COVID-19 to help fund over 160 million COVID-19 vaccinations across the globe.
Already, the United States had purchased more than 500,000 doses from BioNTech/Pfizer and donated them via the COVAX global vaccine-sharing platform.
Biden stated that vaccines have already reached 100 countries and that he will announce further commitments Wednesday at the U.S. hosted global COVID-19 summit.
A draft U.S. document viewed and approved by Reuters shows that the United States has asked global leaders for their support in achieving its COVID-19 goals, which include ensuring vaccine coverage of 70% by 2022.
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