Biden to Commit to Exporting Covid-19 Vaccines by End of June -- 2nd Update
By Sabrina Siddiqui and Andrew Restuccia
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. plans to share 20 million doses of
Covid-19 vaccines produced by Moderna Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Johnson
& Johnson with the rest of the world, the White House said
Monday, on top of the 60 million AstraZeneca doses it had already
promised to export.
President Biden, who is scheduled to deliver remarks on the
coronavirus pandemic later Monday, will say all 80 million vaccine
doses are expected to be exported by the end of June, White House
press secretary Jen Psaki said. The AstraZeneca doses will be
delivered once federal authorities sign off, she said.
"This is the most doses donated by any country in the world by
five times," Ms. Psaki said of the 80 million total.
Mr. Biden will also announce that Jeff Zients, the White House
Covid-19 coordinator, is going to lead the administration's global
vaccination efforts, an administration official said.
Amid outbreaks in India and Brazil and with more people in the
U.S. getting vaccinated, Mr. Biden has faced pressure to export
vaccines to other countries. The president had previously said he
wanted to ensure that Americans had access to the vaccine.
Demand for vaccines declined in the U.S. in recent weeks after
the number of daily doses administered reached a mid-April peak of
3.38 million. An average of 1.9 million doses were administered
each day over the past week, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
Monday's announcement marks the first time the administration
has said it will share vaccines authorized in the U.S. Pfizer,
Moderna and J&J are all approved in the U.S.
Mr. Biden said in April that the U.S. would share as many as 60
million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with other nations
following a review by the Food and Drug Administration. The
AstraZeneca vaccine hasn't yet been approved in the U.S.
The administration also committed a combined four million
AstraZeneca doses to Canada and Mexico.
Write to Sabrina Siddiqui at Sabrina.Siddiqui@wsj.com and Andrew
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
May 17, 2021 13:34 ET (17:34 GMT)
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