COVID-19 in Canada: U.S. to reportedly send 1.5 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Canada

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      The Biden administration will reportedly send 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Canada as part of a loan deal, Reuters reports.

      An anonymous administration official also told the wire service that the U.S. will also send 2.5 million doses to Mexico.

      “We’re lending a portion of our releasable doses of AstraZeneca vaccine,” the official said. “We only put the virus behind us if we’re helping our global partners.”

      The AstraZeneca vaccine is manufactured in the U.S. but the federal regulators in that country have yet to approve it for domestic use.

      U.S. President Joe Biden has come under pressure from other countries to share the vaccine.

      Reuters reports the deal will be officially announced in the coming days.

      In B.C., health officials stated that initial shipments of the AstraZeneca are being used to vaccinate priority groups, such as frontline workers and those working in high-risk environments including teachers, first responders, and warehouse employees.