US to begin sharing AstraZeneca doses soon
April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The US will begin sharing millions of doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine with other countries soon, an official told CNN on Monday.
(CNN)The US will begin sharing millions of doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine with other countries soon, an official told CNN on Monday.
Because President Joe Biden's officials now feel confident the US has enough doses for its population, they will begin to distribute it to other countries pending a safety review.
Multiple world leaders have pressed Biden to share doses as other countries have struggled to ramp up vaccinations.
Countries have been eagerly petitioning the United States for shipments of vaccines as doses are snapped up by wealthy nations.
Biden administration officials have described near-daily phone calls from allies -- poor and rich alike -- seeking help securing vaccine doses.
The US is expected to have a surplus of vaccines in the hundreds of millions of doses.
But US "vaccine diplomacy" has been sharply limited by concerns among Biden administration officials that unforeseen factors may necessitate a stockpile of doses, including requiring boosters, the spread of variants, and the still-uncertain nature of which vaccine works best among children.