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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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Oct 19, 2021 - Health

J&J expects $2.5 billion of vaccine sales this year

J&J's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Johnson & Johnson registered $502 million of global revenue from its COVID-19 vaccine in the third quarter, bringing year-to-date vaccine sales to $766 million.

The big picture: J&J, which is selling the vaccine at a not-for-profit price of $7.50 per dose, still expects to generate $2.5 billion of COVID vaccine sales this year, executives said Tuesday. But that total will still dwarf the use and sales of the vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

GE to mandate COVID vaccinations for U.S. workers

Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty Images

General Electric will require all of its workers in the U.S. to be vaccinated against COVID-19, citing President Biden's executive order for federal contractors, the company confirmed to Axios on Tuesday.

Why it matters: General Electric is the latest in a slew of major companies to mandate the vaccine for workers, following in the footsteps of American Airlines, Tyson Foods and Microsoft, among others.

Oct 19, 2021 - Health

Puerto Rico leads U.S. COVID vaccination rates

A mass vaccination event at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 31. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

Puerto Rico has the highest percentage of people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the United States as of Oct. 19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The island has managed to accomplish such feats amid frequent power outages, earthquakes and high dependence on imports of health technologies from outside the region.

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