The U.S. plans to send roughly 4 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine that it is not using to Mexico and Canada in loan deals with the two countries, an administration official told Reuters on Thursday.
Mexico will receive 2.5 million doses of the vaccine and Canada is to receive 1.5 million doses, the official said.
‘We’re lending a portion of our releasable doses of AstraZeneca vaccine,’ the official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. ‘We only put the virus behind us if we’re helping our global partners.’
The Biden administration has come under pressure from allies worldwide to share vaccine, particularly from AstraZeneca, which is authorized for use in other countries – including Mexico and Canada – but not yet in the United States.
AstraZeneca has millions of doses made in a U.S. facility, and has said that it would have 30 million shots ready at the beginning of April. The company’s shares rose slightly on the news.