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US to Send Extra 20 Million Covid Vaccine Doses Abroad, White House Says

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White House didn’t say which nations can be prioritised, however Biden has signaled that Washington will do what it may possibly to assist India in its Covid-19 combat.

  • AFP Washington
  • Last Updated:May 17, 2021, 23:34 IST

The United States will launch an extra 20 million doses of Covid vaccines overseas, bringing the full being shipped out to 80 million, the White House stated Monday.

“The United States will ship 20 million doses authorised to be used within the United States to assist nations battling the pandemic by the tip of June,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated.

Psaki stated President Joe Biden would formally announce the transfer in a televised handle later Monday.

The enhance in shipments follows stress on the Biden administration to make use of its giant vaccine surplus to assist different nations now that vital progress has been made in rolling out vaccinations at house.

Psaki wouldn’t say which nations can be prioritised for the shipments, however Biden has signaled that Washington can be doing what it may possibly to assist India push again in opposition to a surge within the pandemic.

The preliminary 60 million doses will all be of AstraZeneca, as soon as the vaccine will get US regulatory approval. The British-developed pictures have but for use within the United States and look more and more unlikely ever to be wanted.

Psaki didn’t specify what model the additional 20 million doses can be, saying solely they might be “different doses of accredited vaccines.”

Apparently responding to claims that the United States has been hoarding medicines, Psaki stated that the 80 million determine represents “probably the most doses donated by any nation on the earth by 5 occasions.”

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