A vial of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is seen with syringes at the Military Institute of Medicine hospital in Warsaw, Poland on March 25, 2021.
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The United States will share 60 million doses of AstraZeneca‘s Covid-19 vaccine with other countries as coronavirus cases continue to spike worldwide, a top U.S. official said Monday.
Andy Slavitt, a senior advisor to President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 response team, said the U.S. government will share the AstraZeneca shots, which have not yet been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the U.S., as they become available.
The move comes as state and local health officials say Covid vaccine supply is beginning to outpace demand in some regions of the U.S. More than 139 million Americans, or 42.2% of the total U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 94.7 million people, or 28.5% of the population, are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
The rate of Covid vaccinations in the U.S. continued to slide over the weekend, according to CDC data, as the seven-day average of daily shots reported administered fell to 2.8 million on Sunday, the lowest level since late March.
A day earlier, the Biden administration said that it would immediately make raw materials needed for India’s coronavirus vaccine production available as the country works to counter a surge of Covid-19 infections.
–CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this report.
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