The United States is donating thousands and thousands of doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to the African Union, the White House mentioned Thursday.

The 17 million doses will arrive in the coming weeks. These are as well as to the 50 million doses already despatched to the 55-member continental union.

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The doses will “help close the vaccine equity gap,” the White House mentioned in a press release.

The African Union, whose states comprise greater than 1.3 billion folks, has alleged that producers usually are not giving its member states ample entry to vaccines. Only 2% of the roughly 5.7 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines given to folks round the world have been in Africa.

The Biden administration has dispatched tens of thousands and thousands of vaccine doses to different nations by means of the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), which is a worldwide initiative aimed toward equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines.

Biden talked about the donation throughout a bilateral press convention with Kenyan President Uhuru (*17*) in the Oval Office on Thursday.

“We’re continuing our shared fight against COVID,” mentioned Biden. “The United States has donated 2.8 million doses of vaccine to Kenya as part of a 50 million doses we’ve donated to the African Union.

“And I’m proud to announce that as we speak that we’re making an additional, historic one-time donation of 17 extra million doses of J&J vaccine to the AU, and we’re going to be sending some extra of it by the finish of the yr to Kenya.”