WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden
will announce Monday that the United States will share an additional 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
with the rest of the world over the next six weeks, according to the White House.
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki
, the doses would come from existing U.S. production of Pfizer
, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine stocks, with more details to be released in the coming days.
It follows the Biden administration
's previous commitment to distribute approximately 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not yet approved for use in the United States, by the end of June. The AstraZeneca doses will be available to ship once they pass a safety review by the Food
and Drug Administration.
Biden has also appointed COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients to lead the administration's efforts to share doses with the rest of the world, though the administration has yet to specify how or which countries will receive them.
Approximately 4.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine have been shared by the United States with Canada and Mexico
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