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Indian government did not request vaccines from the US -Sriram Lakshman

-The Hindu

U.S. lawmakers and other influential voices have been calling for the U.S. to donate its spare vaccines to countries like India, particularly some of the tens of millions of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.

Washington DC: The Biden administration has said that the government of India did not request it for ready-to-use vaccines, as pressure has been mounting on the U.S. to give out vaccines to countries such as India, which is in the throes of a massive COVID-19 outbreak. A senior administration official told The Hindu, during a briefing call with reporters, that no specific request for vaccines was made by the Modi government.

U.S. lawmakers and other influential voices have been calling for the U.S. to donate its spare vaccines to countries like India, particularly some of the tens of millions of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.

“Just to be clear, right now we have zero doses available of AstraZeneca,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at Monday’s press briefing, in which a remarkable amount of time was spent on questions and answers about India.

Ms. Psaki said that approximately 10 million doses could be released if and when the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) clears those — a process that could be completed in the coming weeks. Another 50 million doses of the AstraZeneca are expected to be ready in May and June.

The White House COVID-19 and National Security teams, working with other government departments, is going to assess needs and requests around the world, she said.

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