“I can confirm that we have 7 million releasable doses available of AstraZeneca,” Psaki said at Thursday’s White House press briefing. “2.5 million of those, we are working to finalize plans to lend those to Mexico and 1.5 million to Canada,” she added.
President Joe Biden is expected to announce the agreement soon after finalization, which could happen as soon as Friday.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said “I’d say we’ve made good progress, but the details, figures, provisions, won’t be known until Friday,” according to Reuters. “We requested as many (AstraZeneca doses) as possible.”
In the meantime, the United States continue to administer the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine across America–while their are concerns about blood clots and deaths. According to officials in the EU–5 people have died.
Update: March 18, 2021 3:00 PM EST
France and Italy announced that they will start using the vaccine again on Friday. Other countries were expected to follow suit.
More than a dozen nations around the world, including Germany and Spain, had suspended their use of the vaccine over the past week following reports of clots in a few dozen of the millions of people across Europe who have gotten the shot. The question was whether the vaccine had anything to do with the clots.
The safety committee of the European Medicines Agency “has come to a clear scientific conclusion,” announced the head of the EMA, Emer Cooke. “This is a safe and effective vaccine.”
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She added: “If it were me, I would be vaccinated tomorrow.”
However, she said the agency “still cannot rule out definitively a link” between certain rare types of blood clots and the vaccine. The EMA recommended adding a description of these cases to the vaccine leaflets.
Source: Bee News Daily and Reuters contributed to the article.