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Melinda Gates says wealthier countries should stop 'hoarding' COVID-19 vaccines and predicts the US will begin donating its supply

Added 05-04-21 06:14:01pm EST - “Gates says wealthier countries should share money and extra resources, and predicts the US may begin donating its COVID-19 vaccines.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Melinda Gates says wealthier countries should stop 'hoarding' COVID-19 vaccines and predicts the US will begin donating its supply”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Wealthier countries should stop "hoarding" COVID-19 vaccines, Melinda Gates said in a pre-recorded interview with Financial Times editor Roula Khalaf during the publication's Global Boardroom event.

According to Gates, countries should vaccinate their population "up to a point," and then send both money and extra supplies out to countries in need, especially as some low-income nations "can't even vaccinate their healthcare workers."

"You don't need to vaccinate all the way down, say, to your teen population … before you send out vaccine doses to Covax," Gates said. Covax is the World Health Organization's campaign that was created to increase "equitable access" to the COVID-19 vaccines. 

Currently, almost 32% of the US is fully vaccinated, while a little over 44% have received at least one shot, according to data from the CDC. Almost 41% of the US population at or older than 18-years-old is fully vaccinated.

Now, figures like President Joe Biden are under pressure to donate vaccine doses to India, which is currently seeing overrun hospitals and record-setting COVID-19 cases. About 9.4% of India's population is vaccinated, while only 2.1% are fully inoculated. Adults in India are currently eligible for the vaccine, but many states don't have enough doses to meet these demands, according to a report from BBC. 

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