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U.S. To Share 60m Doses Of Astrazeneca Vaccine

U.S. has promised to share up to 60 million doses of its AstraZeneca vaccine with other countries as they become available.

The White House said about 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be released when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finishes its review in the coming weeks.

It added that another 50 million doses were in various stages of production.

White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki said FDA officials would carry out quality checks on doses before they were exported.

Psaki said, “Our team will share more details about our planning and who will be receiving offers from here, but we’re in the planning process at this point in time.”

The US has a stockpile of the vaccine, though its regulators have not yet authorised it for public use.

Critics have earlier accused the government of hoarding the vaccine, while other countries are in desperate need.

President Joe Biden had promised to share about four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with Mexico and Canada – both of which have approved the jab.

Some days ago, Biden also announced that the U.S. will provide raw materials for Indian vaccine manufacturers as the country battles a devastating surge in cases.

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