A vial containing the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is seen with syringes in the hospital of the Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw, Poland on March 25, 2021.
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The United States will share 60 million doses of AstraZenecaCovid-19 vaccine with countries other than coronavirus cases continues to increase worldwide, a senior US official said on Monday.
Andy Slavitt, a senior advisor to President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 Response Team, said the U.S. government will share the AstraZeneca footage, which has not yet been approved for use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration, as soon as possible they are available.
The move comes as state and local health officials say supplies of Covid vaccines are starting to outperform demand in some regions of the United States.
More than 139 million Americans, or 42.2% of the total US population, have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Around 94.7 million people, or 28.5% of the population, are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
According to CDC data, the U.S. Covid vaccination rate continued to decline over the weekend as the 7-day average of daily shots administered fell to 2.8 million on Sunday, its lowest level since late March.
U.S. health officials say the nation doesn’t need the AstraZeneca vaccine to meet its goal of having enough for all U.S. adults by the end of May.
Biden had previously said he expected the US to share its vaccine surplus with other countries. China and Russia have also shared vaccines with other countries.
The Biden government had announced this a day earlier Instantly create raw materials needed to manufacture coronavirus vaccines in India available as the country works to counter a surge in Covid-19 infections.
Over the past seven days, India has reported an average of 321,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, according to Johns Hopkins University, a 50% increase from a week. The country is recording an average of 2,300 Covid deaths per day, according to Hopkins data, although media reports suggest the official number is underestimated.
Cases are also increasing worldwide. The World Health Organization said earlier this month the number of new Covid-19 cases per week has nearly doubled in the past two months, which has brought global infections to their pandemic peak.
The WHO has urged wealthier nations like the US to donate vaccines to poorer or developing countries.
–CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.
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