Biden admin urged to send 30 million USA vaccine stockpiles to India

Biden admin urged to send 30 million USA vaccine stockpiles to India

It's the first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to come on the market. The assistance package offered to India, which includes raw materials for vaccines and therapeutics, reflects Biden's belief that the pandemic won't end unless the USA offers assistance to other countries, according to a senior administration official. The New York Times has reported extensively on problems at the plant, which had to throw out millions of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine between October and January, and later discarded up to 15 million doses of the vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, also because of concern about possible contamination.

"People are anxious this is another public experiment they want to make on our people", he said. "Instead, what we are doing is diverting our own order of our own supplies to the Serum Institute for their manufacturing". Officials say the U.S. now has about 10 million doses of the vaccine and 50 million more are expected to become available in May and June.

The EC has said that the company will provide 70 million doses in the second quarter of 2021 - significantly less than the initial 180 million expected.

A spokesman for AstraZeneca said the company can't comment on specifics but said the doses were part of AstraZeneca's supply commitments to the USA government, and decisions to send supply to other countries would be made by US officials.

'Since it is not approved for use in the U.S, we do not need to use the vaccine here during the next few months, ' he said.

Senior US officials briefed the media on condition that they not be named.

"We remember India's generosity to the United States in the early days of the pandemic, when India offered medications to us as our hospitals were strained", an official said.

"Following an unprecedented year of scientific discovery, very complex negotiations, and manufacturing challenges, our company is about to deliver nearly 50m doses to European countries by the end of April, in line with our forecast", the company said in a statement.

The official said, "As Americans, we have felt the devastating impact of rising Covid cases in India - this recent surge - among our family and friends".

The continent has confirmed more than 4.5 million COVID-19 cases, including 120,000 deaths, a tiny fraction of the global fatalities and caseload. AstraZeneca has not sought Food and Drug Administration authorization for its vaccine, but has already manufactured millions of doses in the USA under a federal contract.

Officials in the EU's executive branch were particularly enraged by the refusal of the company to divert doses made in two plants in the UK.

The United States plans to share millions of doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine with other countries in the coming months, the White House announced on Monday. We got to make sure they are safe to be sent. The official said that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) were working on getting oxygen generation systems to India, including by potentially re-routing shipments. "As the USA has done in the past, it must lead in this time of crisis and send immediate relief to India", he said.

The aid package includes oxygen and related supplies, with the US looking at sending oxygen generation systems.

The State Department was working on options for contracting oxygen and cylinders, the official added. A team of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is being sent to India to assist public-health officials there as well, the White House said.

The team will work with India's experts in areas like surveillance and epidemiology, sequencing the virus variant and vaccines rollout, officials said.

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