President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will give Americans first priority with the forthcoming Covid vaccine. This means that the U.S. will focus on vaccinating its own population before assisting other countries with a vaccine like it might normally do.
This doesn’t necessarily mean buying up the stock away from other countries but it is not clear how pharmaceutical companies will prioritize distribution. The executive order would still direct the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development to work to help international partners obtain their own vaccines.
The executive order is expected to be announced at a Covid-19 summit at the White House today. A senior White House official calls this a “reaffirmation of the President’s commitment to America First.”