The U.S. to distribute 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries


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The White House announced that 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines ordered by the United States will be shared with other countries.

The U.S. to distribute 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries

The White House announced that 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines ordered by the United States will be shared with other countries.

Vaccines to be shared with countries in need will be delivered after safety reviews.

The United States has been criticized for stockpiling the AstraZeneca vaccine more than it needs, which the country’s regulatory authorities have yet to approve for widespread use.

Last month, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he would share 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with Mexico and Canada, which have approved its use.

The Covid crisis in India has also increased pressure on the Biden administration as the country’s health resources are shared.

The White House said 10 million doses of the vaccine could be sent to other countries in the first place, following an FDA review that regulates the use of vaccines in the country.

According to the statement, the remaining 50 million doses of the vaccines to be shared are still in production.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the vaccine doses to be sent will be delivered to countries after they are reviewed by the FDA, adding, “We will announce new details about the planning and the countries where the vaccines will be sent later.”

It was also previously announced that producers in India, ravaged by the Covid pandemic, would be provided with the raw material of the vaccine.

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IN a phone call with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, US President Biden pledged to offer medical support, including oxygen and vaccine supplies.

BBC North America Correspondent Anthony Zurcher notes that the move, taken at a time when the Covid outbreak in other countries is on the rise, gives the Biden administration a chance to conduct “vaccine diplomacy.”

According to Zurcher, Biden’s sharing of vaccine doses could also ease criticism that he is “turning his back on the rest of the world.”

BBC North America Correspondent Anthony Zurcher notes that the move, taken at a time when the Covid outbreak in other countries is on the rise, gives the Biden administration a chance to conduct “vaccine diplomacy.”

According to Zurcher, Biden’s sharing of vaccine doses could also ease criticism that he is “turning his back on the rest of the world.”


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