According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the US will disclose in the next two weeks how it wants to distribute the 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses it has pledged globally. Blinken stated at a joint press conference with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado on Tuesday that US President Joe Biden’s administration would focus on equitable vaccine distribution rather than tying political strings to the process, a criticism leveled at China at times.
Biden announced on Monday that his government would send at least 20 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to other countries, in addition to the 60 million AstraZeneca doses he had already intended to deliver. Antony Blinken said during his first trip as secretary of state to Latin America, “Sometime in the next week to two weeks – we will be announcing the process by which we will distribute those vaccines, what the criteria are, how we will do it.”
Antony Blinken said the announcement would explain the criteria and details of the procedure but that the US would focus on the Covax vaccine sharing facility’s equitable distribution and coordination. The administration’s push to use US vaccine supply as a tool to challenge Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy is essential to the administration’s drive to use US vaccine supply as a tool to counter Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy.