Jul 12, 2021 - Health

First look: White House sends vaccines to Laos, Fiji and Costa Rica

View of boxes containing some of 1,008,000 doses of US Johnson & Johnson vaccines against COVID-19 donated through the COVAX mechanism, upon their arrival at the Air Force base in El Alto, Bolivia.
Boxes containing some of the 1 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine donated through the COVAX mechanism, upon their arrival in Bolivia, on July 11. Photo: Aizar Raldes/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration will ship over 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines Monday to Laos, Fiji and Costa Rica, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: This allotment is part of the pledge by President Biden to deliver 80 million doses of the vaccine globally as the U.S. seeks to be a leader in distribution on the world stage.

State of play: 150,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine will be sent to Fiji, and 1.08 million doses of J&J will be shipped to Laos through COVAX, the WHO-backed vaccine distribution initiative.

  • 500,000 doses of Pfizer will be shipped through a bilateral agreement to Costa Rica.

By the numbers: In Laos, 595,647 people have been vaccinated, which represents 8.31% of the population, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Per the same data, approximately 16% of Costa Rica's population has been vaccinated, while just over 6% of the population in Fiji has received been

The big picture: Biden and G7 leaders have pledged to send 1 billion doses to the developing world, including 500 million from the U.S. alone.

  • Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday urged more rapid distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, warning that the virus' variants could hinder the worldwide economic recovery, per the New York Times.
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