The U.S. also shared more than 31 million doses of the vaccine.
The United States has provided members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with $197 million to combat the spread of the new coronavirus and more than 31 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This was announced on Thursday by the head of the press service of the Department of State, Ned Price, following the talks of Secretary of State Antony Blinken with the foreign ministers of the ASEAN member countries on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
“Secretary Blinken highlighted the efforts of the United States to lead the global response to the pandemic and to lay the foundations for a sustainable recovery that supports both economic growth and climate challenges. As part of these efforts, he noted, the United States has provided ASEAN members with more than $197 million in emergency assistance for COVID-19 and shared more than 31 million doses of the vaccine,” the diplomat stressed. Washington has provided drugs to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as part of the transfer of 500 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer for distribution through the international COVAX mechanism, launched earlier by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Secretary Blinken and the ASEAN foreign Ministers discussed current regional and international issues, including the pandemic, the climate crisis, the urgent need to put pressure on the military to stop the violence in Myanmar and adhere to the ASEAN five-point consensus, as well as the need to strengthen a free and open Indo – Pacific region,” Price said.