Biden under pressure to help boost global vaccine supply

The Biden administration’s plans to distribute surplus vaccines to countries in need is being met with skepticism from public health and human rights activists who argue the U.S. must do more to boost the global vaccine supply.

Health officials said Thursday’s announcement of a plan for the first 25 million doses was a down payment of at least 80 million doses by the end of the month, with the promise of more to come later this summer.

Pressure has been growing on the White House to develop a plan to donate its excess vaccines to countries that have been hit hard by the virus without the same access to vaccines as wealthier nations.