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U.S. to share up to 60 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses with other countries

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U.S. to share up to 60 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses with other countries

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Published 1: 34 p.m. ET April 26, 2021 | Updated 4: 49 p.m. ET April 26, 2021

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. presented plans to share as many as 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as soon because it receives federal approval within the coming months, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged Monday.

The announcement comes as the Biden administration has confronted elevated strain to share its supply of vaccines as extra than 40% of Americans are not any decrease than partially vaccinated and other countries fancy India grapple with a devastating spike in cases. India reported almost 353,000 original coronavirus infections on Monday, surroundings a global epic for the fifth straight day, as overwhelmed hospitals face a extreme oxygen shortage. 

Psaki acknowledged the administration’s self belief in its supply of the three federally well-liked vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – turned into behind the resolution to share extra vaccines but emphasised no AstraZeneca doses had been accessible till a federal evaluation turned into total. The U.S. restarted its employ of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Friday after it turned into swiftly paused to evaluation a rare blood-clot dysfunction linked to the shot. 

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“Given the sturdy portfolio of vaccines that the united states has already licensed and that is already accessible in gigantic quantities … we fabricate now not need to employ AstraZeneca in our fight in opposition to COVID over the subsequent few months,” Psaki acknowledged at a White Home press briefing. 

The Biden administration closing month “loaned” to Mexico and Canada about 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has but to bring together emergency authorization approval from the Meals and Drug Administration.  

If the AstraZeneca vaccine receives federal clearance, the U.S. expects to be in a space to ship up to 10 million doses within the coming weeks, Psaki acknowledged. An additional 50 million doses, that are in a host of stages of production, will doubtless be performed in Would possibly maybe well and June.

But the White Home has persevered to face questions about plans to share extra vaccines as supply begins to outweigh count on across the U.S. and a few states flip down or scale attend vaccine shipments. The U.S. has to this point bought 1.2 billion doses, adequate to twice vaccinate its entire inhabitants.

In a call with Indian High Minister Narendra Modi, Biden pledged “steadfast support for the of us of India who were impacted by the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.” 

The ONE Campaign, a nonprofit antipoverty group, lauded the U.S. for taking steps to share extra of its AstraZeneca supply but acknowledged the U.S. must fabricate extra to support melancholy countries vying for doses. 

“The US has secured extra than 550 million extra doses that will be aged to support halt the global pandemic faster,” Tom Hart, appearing CEO of The ONE advertising and marketing campaign acknowledged in an announcement. “The Biden administration must create on this welcomed first step and inaugurate sharing extra vaccines as soon as that it is doubtless you’ll maybe per chance also deem.”

Better than 40% of the total inhabitants were no decrease than partially vaccinated, ranking the U.S. shut to the top in vaccination rates, Our World In Data experiences. 

The U.S. presented Sunday that it would ship India raw materials to fetch vaccines, snappily diagnostic checking out kits and other clinical equipment that had been topic to an export ban. The administration acknowledged it will present funding to enhance the country’s domestic production of vaccines but did now not supply vaccine doses. The White Home had resisted calls to support other countries, arguing that vaccinating Americans turned into its precedence. 

To support India confront an oxygen shortage, the Defense Department and the U.S. Agency for Worldwide Pattern are attempting at strategies to present or reroute shipments of oxygen generation programs in addition to to supplying oxygen cylinders, concentrations and ventilators, according to a senior administration official who briefed journalists on the situation of anonymity.

The U.S. will ship the antiviral drug remdesivir, which is aged to treat COVID-19 patients hospitalized with extreme symptoms. The White Home moreover plans to deploy a “strike team” to work with India’s public health consultants on laboratory services and products, epidemiology, bioinformatics for sequencing and modeling of the illness, infection prevention and vaccine rollout, the official acknowledged.

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Better than 145.9 million cases and 3 million deaths from COVID-19 were reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University recordsdata.

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Biden opened his first formal recordsdata convention by surroundings a brand original aim of administering 200 million COVID vaccine images in his first 100 days in location of enterprise.

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Contributing: Kaanita Iyer

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