‘Sharing vaccines to Honduras is the right thing to do’: Biden advisor

Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Honduras will receive this Sunday 1.5 million vaccine dose Modern against covid-19, donated by USA through the Covax mechanism of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The White House On Friday, he announced to Efe exclusively the news about the shipment to Honduras, which is part of the 80 million doses of vaccines that US President Joe Biden has promised to share with other countries, most of them through Covax.

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“We share vaccines with Honduras because it is Right, from a global public health perspective, and the right thing to do for our collective security and well-being in the region, “the director for the Americas at the White House National Security Council told EFE. Juan Gonzalez.

Biden’s adviser stressed that the United States does not consider vaccines “as a pressure tactic”, but as “a tool to shorten the pandemic,” so this donation does not seek to get favors from Honduras in return.

The doses will arrive in the city of San Pedro Sula for their subsequent distribution in Honduras, and their delivery is the result of the coordination of “scientific teams and legal and regulatory authorities of both countries,” a second source from the White House explained to Efe.

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This is the first time that the United States has distributed vaccines through the global Covax program, created to ensure that the anticovid vaccines reach the entire planet, since until now the United States had delivered them directly to the beneficiary countries.

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What’s more, Honduras It is the third Latin American country to receive a vaccine donation within the 80 million doses promised by Biden, of which more than 20 million will go to nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Brazil obtained this same Friday 3 millions of doses of the single-dose injectable from Johnson and Johnson (Janssen), while last week Mexico received 1.3 million vaccines from the same pharmaceutical company, also donated by the United States and which it is using to vaccinate the municipalities of the common border.

More details are expected in the coming weeks on how many US doses will go to each country on the continent and when, whether they are direct deliveries or are channeled through Covax.

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The White House has promised to donate vaccines to Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Bolivia, Uruguay, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and other countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom ).

In a statement shared with Efe, José Manuel Durão Barroso, director of the Gavi vaccination alliance, which participates in Covax, thanked the Biden government for the donation and hoped that the vaccines “reach vulnerable groups.”

The 80 million vaccines promised by Biden are part of those approved for internal use in the US – those of Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson – and are in addition to another 60 million doses that Washington already donated in May AstraZeneca, which has yet to get the go-ahead from US regulators.

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In addition to those two large donations, Biden revealed this month that the US had purchased an additional 500 million vaccines from Pfizer / BioNTech, which it will deliver to nearly 100 countries over the next two years.

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