United States to send 4 million doses to Mexico and Canada.
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The White House announced that 4 million unused doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca will be sent to Mexico and Canada.
The plan which is in its final stages, will see Mexico receive 2.5 million doses of the vaccine, while Canada receives 1.5 million. These vaccine doses were part of a stockpile containing 7 million doses of the vaccine that have accumulated while it is still undergoing US trials for regulatory approval. AstraZeneca is hoping that it will receive authorisation for its vaccine to be used in the United States by the end of the month. Canada, Mexico and the European Union already approved its use.
The United States has enough doses to vaccinate every adult by the end of May. The US receieved several requests for the unused doses, which included: Mexico, Canada and the European Union.
The AstraZeneca vaccine was recently stopped in Europe, after cases of blood clots have prompted investigations into the safety of the vaccine. On Thursday, the European Medicines Agency ruled that the vaccine is safe to use, and effective. This prompted countries such as Italy and France to immediately restart vaccinations.