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European Union moves forward with legal action against AZ over vaccine supply issues

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Hannah Rogers | 27 April, 2021, 23:35

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen had also said, "I'm confident we will have enough doses to vaccinate 70% of all EU adults already in July".

AstraZeneca said on Monday: "We believe any litigation is without merit and we welcome this opportunity to resolve this dispute as soon as possible".

The company's 30,000-person US trial didn't complete enrolment until January, and it has still not filed for an emergency-use authorization with the FDA.

However, doctors say India is facing a horrendous surge now and that waiting will only allow more hospitalizations and deaths to occur.

Any decision to send doses to India could increase pressure from other countries that have been trying to get the U.S.to share shots but so far have been rebuffed. "As the United States has done in the past, it must lead in this time of crisis and send immediate relief to India", he said.

The US Chamber of Commerce said in a statement Saturday that the Biden administration should release millions of AstraZeneca vaccines in storage for shipment to India, Brazil, and other nations hard hit by the pandemic.

The U.S.is, however, looking at ways to bolster the production of vaccines, including mRNA vaccines, around the world in partnership with India, as per officials.

"We don't have enough to be confident to give it - send it overseas now", he said. Like maybe now? It'll help.

"Nearly half of the world's new COVID-19 infections are happening in India".

'Patents should be disregarded and technology transferred as needed to maximize global vaccine production everywhere'.

"As part of the US strategy to be ready for a range of scenarios, the United States has produced some AstraZeneca doses already". Ventilators, therapeutics, rapid testing kits and personal protective equipment will be sent as well, the White House said.

Venezuela is interested in acquiring the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for its inoculation campaign, parliament chief Jorge Rodriguez said, adding that authorities want to know more about its side effects.

The immunization combines genetic material from the new virus with the genes of the adenovirus, which causes the common cold.

DoD is also looking at field oxygen generations systems, which could support 50-100 beds. Despite this, many members of the European Union had distanced themselves from AstraZeneca's vaccine.

However, the White House is increasingly feeling assured about the supply of the three vaccines being administered in the US, particularly following the restart of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot over the weekend.

"Decisions to send USA supply to other countries are made by the US government", she said.

"Given the strong portfolio of vaccines that the United States has already authorized and that is available in large quantities, including two two-dose vaccines and one one-dose vaccine, and given that AstraZeneca is not authorized for use in the United States, we do not need to use AstraZeneca in our fight against Covid over the next few months", Psaki said. That process could be completed in the next several weeks. Doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be sent to countries "as they become available" and "in stages", according to another USA official.

The US was yet to finalise where the AstraZeneca doses would go, the coordinator said.

The United States plans to share millions of doses of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine with other countries in the coming months, the White House announced on Monday.

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