WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States
will purchase 500 million more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
for distribution to 92 low-income countries and the African Union through the global COVAX
alliance over the next year, according to a person familiar with the matter.
According to the source, 200 million doses — enough to fully protect 100 million people
— will be shared this year, with the remainder donated in the first half of 2022.
The Washington Post
was the first to report the news
, which was confirmed by a person who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The announcement comes just days after the White House
announced plans to start sharing the United States' existing vaccine surplus with the rest of the world.