by Meryl Nass, MD
April 26, 2021
From today’s WaPo:
April 27, 2021
The US is planning to dump 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines on India to help us fight COVID-19. These AstraZeneca vaccines however is unapproved for use in the US and hence the unwanted stock is being offloaded on Indians. Moreover, this comes at a time when numerous European countries have stopped or suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine for causing bood clots and are launching lawsuits against the company.
The U.S. will begin sharing its entire stock of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines with the world once it clears federal safety reviews, the White House said Monday, with as many as 60 million doses expected to be available for export in the coming months.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has not yet been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Given the strong portfolio of vaccines that the U.S. already has and that have been authorized by the FDA, and given that the AstraZeneca vaccine is not authorized for use in the U.S., we do not need to use the AstraZeneca vaccine here during the next several months,” said White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients.
“Therefore the U.S. is looking at options to share the AstraZeneca doses with other countries as they become available.”
Of Americans not yet vaccinated, fewer than 1 in 4 people said they would be willing to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found. Confidence in the other two vaccines remained high.
Emergent Solutions, which has been beaten and bloodied by the Washington Post and NY Times over the past few weeks, and continues to fail FDA inspections, is the ONLY source of Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine produced in the US. It is also the only source of Astra-Zeneca Covid vaccine produced in the US. Only the uninformed would accept either product from Emergent BioSolutions’ stocks. What can be done about that?
Dump this unapproved, unauthorized and potentially contaminated vaccine on other countries, like India, of course.
The White House also announced Monday that the United States will share up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with other countries. That vaccine has not been authorized for use in the United States but has been available in countries such as the U.K. for months…The AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not yet authorized for use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration, will be sent to other countries once it clears federal safety reviews, officials said…We do not need to use AstraZeneca in our fight against covid,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters…
The situation in India, where record global daily covid-19 cases have been set in recent days, is especially dire…
Posts under World News & Views come from assorted information sources around the web or from printed publications. The specific source will always be identified at the top of the post. Everything posted on this site is done in the spirit of conversation. Please do your own research and trust yourself when reading and giving consideration to anything that appears here or anywhere else.