The United States Will Defer 33 Million Coronavirus Vaccines to Africa

The United States will defer delivery of roughly 33 million doses of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine so that they can be purchased by the African Union, the White House announced Tuesday.

“This deal will get the continent Moderna doses that have been long-awaited and in high demand,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

The U.S. doses are scheduled to be deferred between December 2021 and February 2022, “so that the African Union can instead purchase and take delivery of those doses,” she said.

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