White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Thursday that the Biden administration was finalizing plans to share the U.S. supply of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine with the governments of Canada and Mexico.
The Food and Drug Administration has thus far authorized emergency use of three separate vaccines for Americans — from drugmakers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — but has not yet approved the vaccine from AstraZeneca.
Still, as AstraZeneca’s FDA review process continues, Psaki said the administration has been “taking action … to get ready to get those vaccines to the American people if they are approved.”
The administration is also “assessing how we can loan doses” to the two countries bordering the U.S., Psaki said. “It’s not fully finalized yet. But that is our aim and what we’re working toward.”
Psaki said that of the administration’s 7 million “releasable doses” of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the administration is seeking to ship 2.5 million to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada.
The administration’s vaccine-sharing plan was first reported by Reuters.
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