According to social media reports, Andy Slavitt, a White House adviser to the US Coronavirus Response Team, said that the US will send 60 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to other countries. There is increasing international pressure to obtain unequal vaccines.
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki confirmed in a press conference that the United States has decided to share the country’s unused vaccine Because it has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA, English abbreviation) and explained that it is this agency that has determined that these doses can be safely shipped abroad.
Psaki recalls the United States Sufficient vaccines are provided for its population, and Astrazeneca vaccines are not required. However, he also clarified that the shipment of this vaccine will not proceed immediately and will take weeks or even months until the FDA reviews and obtains authorization. He added that currently, they expect to release the first 10 million doses in the next few weeks and 15 million doses by June.
As the United States announced this news, there was increasing pressure for a fair distribution of vaccines, especially considering the difficult situation faced by countries such as India. The United States has pledged with these countries to immediately deliver new resources of medical supplies and medicines. Raw materials for making vaccines.
Specifically, the United States will provide India with “raw materials that are urgently needed for the production of Covishield vaccines”. These raw materials are produced by the Indian Serum Institute using Oxford and AstraZeneca technologies.
Psaki confirmed today that U.S. President Biden has talked with Indian Prime Minister Modi, and he expressed to Modi the “firm commitment” of the Indian government to help India.The White House spokeswoman pointed out What India needs most is oxygen, The governments of both countries are discussing to provide this and other fastest ways to deal with the epidemic.