The United States plans to share 60 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines with the world as they become available, US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy stated in Washington.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is broadly in use across the world however has not but been authorised by the US Food and Drug Administration.
“US announces plan to share AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine doses with the world. Sixty million doses to be shared as they become available,” Murthy stated in a tweet on Monday.
An analogous tweet additionally got here from Andy Slavitt, White (*60*) Senior Adviser, COVID Response.
Last month, the White (*60*) had shared roughly 4 million doses of the vaccine with Canada and Mexico.
White (*60*) Press Secretary Jen Psaki clarified that these doses can be available within the coming weeks. “Just to be clear right now we have zero doses available of AstraZeneca,” she advised reporters at her every day information convention.
“We’re talking about what the FDA needs to go through a review to ensure the safety and it’s meeting our own bar and our own guidelines. And we expect there to be approximately 10 million doses that could be ready if or when the FDA gives its concurrence, which could happen in the coming weeks. So this is not immediate,” she defined.
There is an estimated extra 50 million doses which are in varied levels of manufacturing. These could possibly be accomplished in levels throughout May and June, Psaki stated.
“But our team, our national security team, our COVID team, working with the State Department and others, we are going to assess a range of requests, a range of needs around the world, but that’s the timeline,” she added.
Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the (*60*) Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, in an announcement, expressed the dire want for sharing these unused vaccines with India, Argentina, and different hard-hit international locations as they expertise large and lethal surges of COVID-19.
“I’m very glad the White House listened to us – their reported plan to share unused AstraZeneca vaccines with countries in need, such as India, is a big move that will save lives provided we execute this plan quickly,” Krishnamoorthi stated.
“The AstraZeneca vaccine does not currently have FDA authorization in the US and will not be used to save lives here in the near future, so it only makes sense to share our stockpile to curb this deadly virus with countries like India who have recorded over one million COVID-19 cases in the last three days alone,” he stated.
Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera recommended the Biden Administration for its resolution to share the AstraZeneca vaccine with different nations.
“COVID-19 is a global virus that will require global cooperation, driven by American ingenuity and leadership,” he stated.
A day earlier, Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna had urged the White (*60*) to give India America’s stockpile of AstraZeneca vaccines that received’t be used within the US.
“I applaud the administration for releasing these doses to ensure people throughout the world can be vaccinated,” Senator Bob Casey stated.
Indian-American political advocacy group IMPACT has launched a web-based petition marketing campaign urging the Biden Administration to ship a minimum of half of the US’ stockpile of roughly 60 million surplus vaccines to India.