U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday that 40 percent of the world’s leaders have contacted him to ask the U.S. to help them get the new vaccine.
“Every country in the world is now counting on us to help them make up for their lack of production and access to vaccines,” Biden said in an online meeting with U.S. state governors, AFP reported. “In fact, almost 40 percent of the world’s leaders call and ask if we can help them. ” Biden replied, “We will do our best.” ”
Biden did not specify which countries are seeking U.S. vaccines, and there are growing international calls for the U.S. to share its surplus vaccines, including in the affected country of India. In April, Biden pledged to distribute 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, which is expected to be supported in India. The White House said earlier that it was lending 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico and Canada.
Biden reiterated his position that Coronavirus vaccine should be given priority to Americans, but added: “We will work with other countries because there will be a lot of variants.” “I think we can make more vaccines.”