AstraZeneca vaccine doses in US should go to hard-hit countries, says business group

Washington: The US Chamber of Commerce on Friday (Saturday AEST) called on the Biden administration to release millions of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from storage for shipment to India, Brazil and other countries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The vaccine doses will not be needed in the United States, where it’s estimated that vaccine manufacturers will be able to produce enough doses by early June to vaccinate every American,” Myron Brilliant, the chamber’s vice president and head of international affairs, said in a statement.

A truck transports a first shipment of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Santiago, Chile.Credit:AP

Shipping stockpiled AstraZeneca vaccine doses to countries struggling with the coronavirus “would affirm US leadership, including in COVAX” he said, referring to an international partnership to ensure broad access to vaccines.

“No one is safe from the pandemic until we are all safe from it.”

“The US Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages the administration to release the millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses in storage – as well as other life-support equipment – for shipment to India, Brazil and other nations hard hit by the pandemic,” he said.


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