The Biden administration, below intense stress to handle the devastating coronavirus disaster in India, intends to share as much as 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with different nations, as long as the doses clear a security assessment carried out by the Meals and Drug Administration, officers stated Monday.
The announcement, first reported by The Related Press, got here after President Biden spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, “committing that the USA and India will work carefully collectively within the combat in opposition to Covid-19,” in response to assertion from the White Home.
However the dedication is a tough one to make: The AstraZeneca doses are manufactured on the Baltimore plant owned by Emergent BioSolutions, the place manufacturing has been halted amid fears of contamination. The New York Occasions has reported extensively on issues on the plant, which needed to throw out hundreds of thousands of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine between October and January, and later discarded as much as 15 million doses of the vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, additionally due to concern about attainable contamination.
AstraZeneca’s vaccine, in contrast to these of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, has additionally not been granted emergency use authorization by the Meals and Drug Administration. And the administration wouldn’t specify which nations will obtain the vaccine.