According to Biden administration, the United States will share with India and other countries up to 60 million doses of COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine.
The move came after a call Monday morning between President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Our two countries have been hit hard,” a senior Biden administration official said during a daytime briefing on the decision to send oxygen, drugs and vaccine materials to India. “We remember India’s generosity to us at the start of the pandemic.”
The report is approximately 1 in every 3 cases of COVID-19 infection that are recorded daily now in India. In April, an outbreak of India’s disease recorded a record number of cases where they overloaded hospitals and oxygen supplies. There are now reported 2,500 deaths a day, which is usually considered insufficient 5-10 times higher.
National security officials in the Biden administration said the terrible surge in cases in India and the ongoing pandemic elsewhere justified the release of doses from U.S. supplies to the United States. Supplies of other vaccines are projected to be available to all adults in the United States by June.
The vaccine against AstraZeneca is approved in India but is still awaiting FDA involvement in the US. The company did not even officially apply for this permission. Security Review these shots will be taken by the FDA before shipment. Ten million doses are currently available, and another 50 million in production. Earlier, the US borrowed 4 million shots from AstraZeneca to Mexico and Canada.
“In short, it’s good news, but it’s long overdue,” said Lawrence Gostin of the O’Neill Institute of National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. “However, we see two classes of vaccines – one for the developed world and one for the poor. AstraZeneca does not have a permit in the US, so it can be transferred. But the US accumulation of highly effective vaccines as an mRNA vaccine. I hope the U.S. will start donating doses of its entire vaccine lineup. Doing it is ethically correct, but it is also in our best interests. “
Administration officials said the U.S. would consider using more vaccines as supplies in the country increase and the population is immunized.
Over the weekend, the European Union stepped up its health care program to offer India oxygen and medical supplies, while Singapore and Saudi Arabia also sent oxygen. Russia has also said it will send medical care to India. The White House announced Sunday that it was sending fans and protective equipment to India.
Peter Oldhaus made a report on this story.