The White House announced a global vaccine sharing program that will help donate COVID-19 vaccines to places across the world, according to The Associated Press.

  • The White House said it plans to send 75% of extra doses to the COVAX initiative to help distribute the vaccine.

The White House said the extra wave of COVID-19 doses will be sent to multiple regions, including Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa, Axios reports.

  • A separate 25% of vaccines will be shared with immediate surges, according to Axios. Both Mexico and Canada will receive the first doses available.

The White House plans to focus its attention on Brazil and Pakistan as a way to help thwart any variants coming from those regions.

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  • “We want to save lives and thwart variants that place all of us at risk,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said at a press briefing Thursday, according to Axios.
  • “And as the president has said, the United States will not use its vaccines to secure favors from other countries,” he added, Axios reports.

More on COVAX

Latter-day Saint Charities gave $20 million to the COVAX initiative, which plans to offer 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines to places across the world, according to the Deseret News.

  • “This grant for our important role in COVAX, from Latter-day Saint Charities, is the single biggest donation from a private sector partner that we’ve received to date,” UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore said, according to the Deseret News. “We hope that their generosity inspires other organizations, businesses and individuals to help us ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.”