According to Biden administration officials, the United States will share up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine with India and other nations.
The move follows a call Monday morning between President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Our two nations have suffered greatly,” a senior Biden administration official said during an afternoon briefing on the decision to send oxygen, drugs and furniture to make vaccines in India. “We remember India’s generosity towards us at the beginning of the pandemic.”
The announcement comes as about 1 in every 3 cases of COVID-19 recorded each day is now in India. In April, the outbreak in India saw a record number of cases affecting hospitals and oxygen supplies. About 2,500 deaths a day are now reported here, widely seen as a subset that is 5 to 10 times higher.
National security officials in the Biden administration have said that India’s original crisis in homes and the continuing pandemic elsewhere justified the release of doses from the U.S. supply of strikes. Supplies of other vaccines are projected to make shots available to every American adult as of June.
An AstraZeneca vaccine is licensed in India but is still awaiting FDA approval in the United States. The company did not even formally request this authorization. A security magazine of these shots will be executed by the FDA before they are shipped. Ten million doses are currently available, and another 50 million are in production. The United States has lent 4 million shares of AstraZeneca in Mexico and Canada.
“In short, this is good news but for so long,” said Lawrence Gostin of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. “What we are seeing, however, are two classes of vaccines – one for the developed world and one for the poor. AstraZeneca has not been licensed in the United States, so it can be donated. But the US is accumulating highly effective vaccines such as mRNA vaccines. I hope the United States will start donating doses of its entire stock of vaccines. It’s the ethically correct thing to do, but it’s also in our interests. ”
Administration officials have said the United States will consider distributing more vaccines as the country’s supply grows and the population is vaccinated.
Over the weekend, the European Union launched its medical assistance program to provide India with oxygen and medical supplies, while Singapore and Saudi Arabia also sent oxygen. Russia has also said it will seek medical attention in India. The White House announced Sunday that it was sending fans and protective equipment in India.
Peter Aldhous helped to refer to this story.