According to Biden administration officials, the United States will share up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines with other countries in India.
The move came Monday morning following a call from President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Our two countries have suffered a lot,” a senior Biden administration official said at a briefing this afternoon about the decision to send oxygen, drugs and supplies to India to produce vaccines. “We remember the generosity of India towards us at the beginning of the epidemic.”
The announcement comes as 1 in every 3 cases of COVID-19 registered each day now in IndiaThe Indian outbreak in April saw a record number of hospitals with depleted oxygen supplies. It now reports about 2,500 deaths a day, which is widely regarded as a low price 5 to 10 times higher,
Biden’s national security officials say the huge wave of events in India and the ongoing epidemic elsewhere justify the release of doses from US shooting supplies. Stocks of other vaccines are expected to become available to every adult in the United States by June.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is approved in India but is still awaiting FDA launch in the United States. The company has not even formally applied for this permit. Security check These shots will be taken by the FDA before they are shipped. There are currently ten million doses, of which 50 million are in production. The United States has previously provided 4 million AstraZeneca personnel to Mexico and Canada.
“In short, this is good news, but it’s too late,” said Lawrence Gostin of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Rence Orjown. “What we are seeing are two classes of vaccines. One for the developed world, one for the poor. AstraZeneca is not licensed in the United States, so it can be donated. But the United States collection of highly effective vaccines like mRNA vaccines. I hope the United States will start donating all of its vaccine stockpiles. That’s ethically right, but it’s in our best interests. “
Administration officials say the United States will consider distributing more vaccines as supplies increase and the population becomes more immunized.
Over the weekend, the European Union stepped up its medical aid program to supply oxygen and medical supplies to India, while Singapore and Saudi Arabia also sent oxygen. Russia has also announced that it will send medical aid to India. The White House said Sunday that it was accompanying fans և Protective equipment to India.
Peter Aldhous contributed to this story.