June 11, 2021, 09.31 PM

CORNWALL, KOMPAS.com - On Thursday, before the opening Friday of the G-7 Summit in Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the group is set to donate a billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to low- and middle-income countries.

Johnson’s announcement came after U.S. President Joe Biden said earlier in the day that his administration is donating 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, half of the G-7 vaccine trove.

"We're going to help lead the world out of this pandemic working alongside our global partners," Biden said.

Britain will donate 100 million shots.

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“As a result of the success of the U.K.’s vaccine program, we are now in a position to share some of our surplus doses with those who need them,” Johnson said. “In doing so, we will take a massive step towards beating this pandemic for good.”

The U.S. shots will begin shipment in August “as quickly as they roll off the manufacturing line,” Biden said in Cornwall on Thursday, adding that 200 million doses will be delivered by the end of this year and 300 million in the first half of 2022.

Biden said the donation will be made with no strings attached.

“Our vaccine donations don't include pressure for favors or potential concessions. We're doing this to save lives, to end this pandemic,” he said.

The Pfizer vaccineSHUTTERSTOCK/ lupmotion The Pfizer vaccine

Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, joined Biden for the announcement.

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