US stocks of contradictory The AstraZeneca Plc coronavirus vaccine has risen to more than 20 million doses, according to sources, although the shot seems unlikely to take into account President Joe Biden’s internal vaccination campaign.
AstraZeneca has not yet sought permission from the Food and Drug Administration for the two-dose vaccine, and the company faces safety issues abroad and scrutiny by U.S. regulators, who have already reprimanded it for wrongdoing during clinical trials and partial data messages.
Three other vaccines, already approved in the United States, are entering American hands at a rate of about 3 million doses a day, with hundreds of millions of additional doses to be delivered by August.
This raises the question for Biden: What to do with the AstraZeneca vaccine? The company already has more than 20 million doses, part of a total of between 80 and 90 million at some stage of custom production in the United States, people familiar with the matter said. U.S. allies have already sought doses from U.S. stockpiles of AstraZeneca, and the cheaper vaccine could inoculate people in dozens of low-income countries who can̵
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“Give them all. Until we even think about resolving it, we will be oversaturated in the country, “said Zeke Emmanuel, a physician and vice protestant at the University of Pennsylvania who was a senior health policy adviser in the Obama administration and Biden’s Covid Transition Advisory Board.
“We will never use them,” he said.
Celine Gounder, a doctor who also served on Covid’s Biden transition advisory board, agreed that the doses should be donated once the company has received FDA approval. “We have enough – we don’t even need it Johnson & Johnson, “said the third authorized manufacturer in the United States.
“I would like to see the FDA continue its process, issue an emergency use permit if it accepts it passes, and then donate it,” she added.
FDA approval is “really important,” she said, “because of all the different issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine.”
Earlier this week, the European Union’s regulatory body said it had found a “strong link” between AstraZeneca shots and rare blood clots, especially in younger patients. UK regulators have said that people under the age of 30 should be offered an alternative vaccine, if any.
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This was followed by an unusual rebuke from US regulators in March, who accused the company of publishing “potentially misleading” data from a large clinical trial in the United States. AstraZeneca revised the vaccine efficacy evaluations slightly downwards.
AstraZeneca is now looking for a new production of the vaccine’s active ingredient in the United States after agreeing to release a concerned Emergent Biosolutions Inc. plant in Baltimore, who confused the production of his photo with Johnson & Johnson’s. The Biden administration mediated the acquisition of the plant by J&J.
The United States is set to receive enough vaccines for its entire adult population by the end of next month, with another 200 million doses arriving from Modern and Pfizer by the end of July. White House officials said they wanted an overdose in part to vaccinate children once the dose was approved for people under 16. Given the problems with younger adults, it is unclear whether the AstraZeneca shot will ever be approved for use by American youth.
The administration is not making any decisions regarding AstraZeneca until the FDA completes its review, said an official familiar with the matter, who, like other officials, was given anonymity to discuss the matter.
Last year, the US government spent $ 1.2 billion to accelerate the research, development, production and delivery of 300 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. At the time, the Trump administration’s health and social services ministry said it expected the first doses to be delivered in October last year.
Biden did not change this order, so AstraZeneca began producing photos in the United States pending possible FDA approval. Last month, the president agreed to send 4.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico and Canada, an agreement the administration called a “loan.” When these doses are included, the current total number of AstraZeneca in the United States so far is close to 30 million, people said.
The company expects to have 50 million doses ready by the end of this month, said one employee.
AstraZeneca declined to comment directly on US stocks, but said in a statement that “it expects to have to approximately 50 million doses available to the U.S. government at the time of the emergency authorization, and millions of additional doses thereafter. “
To date, there is no evidence that batches of AstraZeneca have been affected by problems at the Baltimore emergency plant, a company spokesman said. Canadian and Mexican officials who are hungry for vaccine supplies have not expressed concern. On the contrary, Mexico has asked the United States for another shipment.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that he would consider receiving a crossbow from AstraZeneca.
“With the help of Riley Griffin and Susie Ring.”