WORLD US hoarding COVID-19 shots fuels global vaccine gap: media

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US hoarding COVID-19 shots fuels global vaccine gap: media

Xinhua

18:53, March 13, 2021

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. administration has ordered "almost enough COVID-19 vaccine to fully inoculate every American adult twice," and its hoarding could fuel a vaccine gap worldwide, Bloomberg has reported.

In this file photo taken on March 05, 2021 A nurse holds a Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center established at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo: AFP)

U.S. President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that his administration will double the order of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to 200 million doses, which would bring the country's total vaccine order to 800 million doses.

The new order of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine "risks further exacerbating a vaccine gap between have and have-not nations," Bloomberg said in a news article published later Wednesday.

The report added that Washington rejected Mexico's request on sharing vaccine doses, while the European Union "has made similar appeals."

On Thursday, Biden announced that he will direct all states, tribes, and territories to make all adult Americans eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by May 1.

"That doesn't mean everyone's going to have that shot immediately, but it means you'll be able to get in line beginning May 1," he said.

Over 133 million vaccine doses have been distributed across the country as of Friday, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Currently, there are about 35 million Americans fully vaccinated while nearly 66 million have received at least one dose, CDC data showed.

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